Slip Slidin’ Away

At first, we thought it was just a curvy piece of wood on the path, but once we got closer we could see it was a slow worm.

slow wormThis was our first sighting this year. With the recent damp weather, these reptiles are coming out to bathe and soak up the sun.

Slow worms and sand lizards have never been a problem for me, and I once picked a slow worm up off the floor in a biology class before someone kicked it, and got told off by the teacher.

Unfortunately, slow worms aren’t the only snakes to bask in the sunshine, though I believe they are actually legless lizards rather than snakes.
Although we haven’t seen any ourselves yet, there have been more frequent sightings of adders this year, and that is bad news for all dog owners.
Sadly a woman’s dog was bitten last year but she failed to get it to the vet in time and it died. We therefore warn new faces on our walks of the potential danger and pass on any information we have just in case.

adderHubby doesn’t like snakes of any description, and I confess I’d never seen one of the UK’s poisonous ones close up until we moved here. The damn thing had me in its sights and was preparing to strike! I was surprised though at how velvety their skins looked, and the boldness of their markings. However, there’s no way I’d try and pick one up!

grass snakeGrass snakes, though very similar, aren’t poisonous and don’t have that black diamond marking on the back.

Still, my philosophy is

(pick it up that is) .


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Slip Slidin’ Away

  1. Crooked Tracks says:

    I am glad there are no poision snakes in my area.

    • Adders (or vipers) are the UK’s only poisonous snake. We live in close proximity to farmland, so snakes are unlikely, though a friend of ours had a pregnant female visit her garden several years ago but it didn’t stay.
      We are always anxious in case Maggie gets bitten in the woods, but are also concerned about the number of puppies that enjoy sniffing about in the undergrowth.

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