Steve Howe (July)
Although these look like snakes they are actually 'legless' lizards.
One way to tell is that unlike snakes they do not have eyelids (you've gotta get pretty close to tell!)
Their colour varies from grey to brown to bronze and they range in sizefrom
30-50cm. They are widespread in Britain (not Ireland) includind in rural gardens where they commonly fall prey to cats.
I found this one floating in the River Gour (Ardgour,near Fort William) in the June heatwave. I'm not quite sure what it was doing! It remained completely still until I moved off.
Protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence to kill,injure or sell a slow worm.