Slow worm

This legless lizard can grow to the size of a snake but lacks a venomous bite.

The slow worm, a legless lizard, is fairly common across the country. Slow worms rarely bask in the sun. Instead, you can look for them under:

  • stones
  • wood
  • compost heaps
  • bits of metal left lying around

The slow worm is quite common across Scotland and it is the only reptile known to occur in the Outer Hebrides. Slow worms can live 15 years or more in the wild.

Slow worms are found using places made by humans such as embankments, churchyards and gardens. Domestic cats often bring dead slow worms home.

a slow worm in someones hands

Protection of slow worms

Find out about protected species of amphibian and reptile.

Report a sighting

You can report any sighting of an amphibian or reptile to the Record Pool.

Alternatively, find out about taking part in the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme.

Find out more

Read our guidance for planners and developers on protected animals.

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