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We thinks its possibly a slow worm, but not 100% sure.
Was found in our bathroom, still not entirely sure how it got there!
It is indeed a Slow Worm, and absolutely nothing to be afraid of. This is a legless lizard (not a snake), and scary to nothing bigger than a slug or earthworm. I can't suggest how it got there either!
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for a safe refuge. They like hiding in holes or under logs - hence old tin sheets are a good way to attract them.
Quite safe to handle, but they can shed the tail like other lizards. If a male mistakes your finger for a rival it may bite, but is harmless.
Good for gardens - they eat slugs!
It would have been looking for a winter refuge going by the time of year and may well have been roused by someone having a long hot bath or the heating being turned on. It also works the other way round. We have a friend who pampered his pet snake and kept playing round with heat lights and this time the scream was from next door when it was found wrapped round the bath taps cooling itself down. If it had turned up in the toilet pan i would have said it needs a pool in its enclosure.
This looks to be a male as it does not appear to have a dark line down the side. No idea how it got in the house. If you can it would be good if you were to post this as an observation with the photo so other people can see this most unusual record.
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Thanks for the replies!
I will post it as an observation later, i have several more photo's of it before we released it!
The kids certainly found it entertaining.
Looks like a young male slow worm. As for how it got there...do you have a cat?
Chair - Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group (SARG)
Yes it is definitely a slow worm (Anguis fragilis.) These are legless lizards but be careful with handling them as they can easily drop off their tails off when feeling threatened, however a new one does start to grow back in just two weeks.