Species Champions: Slow worm

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Although superficially snake-like, the Slow worm is a legless lizard, up to 40cm long. Bronze or gold coloured, females and juveniles have dark flanks and often a stripe down the back. Slow worms love compost heaps and are popular with gardeners for their slug-eating habits.

Action Needed

1. Support agri-environment strategies to create and restore habitats.
2. Work for improved planning processes to take better account of Slow worm presence in the early stages.
3. Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.

Threats

Development and agricultural intensification, loss and fragmentation of habitat, predation by domestic cats, persecution.

MSP Species Champion

Bruce Crawford

Member for: Stirling

Party: Scottish National Party

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