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Reptiles

Adder

Adder

Vipera berus

A snake with a distinctive black zig-zag pattern down its back. A female can be up to 750mm in length and usually has a brown colour; males are smaller, up to 600mm, and have a light grey colour. In Scotland, both males and females can be black in thei...

Slow worm

Slow worm

Anguis fragilis

This reptile is easy to confuse with a snake, but it is in fact a lizard that has evolved to have no legs. Males and females are differ in that females tend to be larger and have a stripe down the centre of their backs and along their flanks, while mal...