Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Garden visitor

Look what was in our garden today..... Its a slow worm and I haven't seen one of these for at least 20 years! Here is the little chap in an ice cream tub (aka deluxe slow worm residence) so J can get a good look and I can take a piccy. Then he went back to the garden to carry on with whatever slow worms do. Here's a bit about these wonderful beasties nicked shamelessly from the BBC info site....





Slow wormAnguis fragilis
Slow worms look superficially like snakes, but are actually legless lizards. One way to identify them is that unlike snakes, lizards (and therefore slow worms) have eyelids.






They are not often seen basking in the sun and prefer to hide under rocks and logs. If caught by a predator, they have the ability to lose their tails, but the tail never fully grows back. They hibernate from October to February/March under piles of leaves, within tree roots and in crevices of banks. They hibernate both communally and solitarily, and sometimes share hibernating sites with other reptiles. They sometimes burrow in soft substrates so that just their heads are visible


Needless to say I am delighted to have met this little fella.



I can't show you my current stitching finishes although there are two as they are for an exchange so I'll pop up a pic when my partner receives them.



And here is J with a pic he did at school. He doesn't often show interest in drawing, being more a climb and leap and scare mum to death kinda kid so I think this is the first time he's drawn a face.



Also must add many congratulations to Jackie and family on the safe arrival of baby Thomas May 2nd 8lb 5oz.

Finally Tel this bit is for you.... Love you lots and miss you like crazy



5 comments:

  1. We have one of those in our garden Lula. Hides in our compost bin lol
    J- thats a fab picture hun well done
    Hugs and Happy Stitching and Slow worm watchin
    Shellie xx

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  2. Great picture of J with his drawing.

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  3. Slow worms are great as is J's picture.

    Thanks for leaving a comment at my blog.

    Have a fabulous week.

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  4. We used to have a cat that used to like catching those, I would have to throw them out quite regularly

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