Friday, 24 April 2009

Slow worms in the pond

On Tuesday I saw my first slow worm of the year whilst planting some annuals in the wildflower border. Around this time last year we had to fish two different adult slow worms out of one of the ponds. I've been searching through my natural history books and on the internet, but there's very little information on slow worms and water. They clearly can swim, but whether or not they entered the pond intentionally and whether they were capable of getting out on their own I've no idea.

1 comment:

Scriptor Senex said...

The New Naturalist (20) says "Slow-worms drink freely. If they are thrown into water they can swim well, but appear to have the greatest objection to remaining in it; if they cannot escape fairly soon they drown; it is doubtful if in nature they ever voluntarily take to the water." (Smith, M. 1951. The British Reptiles and Amphibians. Collins NN)