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tim hamlett
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Posted: 20 Dec 2007

as things are quiet i took the opportunity to have a trawl through old threads on the site. below are some of my favourite pictures. there were so many superb quality shots that i couldn't really chose any one over another based on quality alone, so i went for ones that are a bit quirky instead. if anyone feels like adding to them please do...something to kill a bit of time until spring.

i know the last one isn't strictly from this site but i thought it deserved to be included, not least because it is accompanied by the immortal lines "...the weather were good but still I only see just one adder.
Saturday the weather was bad, lots of clouds and it rain, so I drink some beer.."

cheers

tim


Robert V
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Posted: 22 Dec 2007

Tim,

I like this one, mainly because of the shadow really.


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tim hamlett
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Posted: 22 Dec 2007

very good. i like the fact that the snake is looking straight at the camera. you can imagine a frog seeing the same thing and thinking..."oh s**t!" i know what you mean about the shadow...it seems to add interest and drama.

tim


Baby Sue
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Posted: 22 Feb 2008

That snake skull with itÆs teeth showing is well freaky. It frightened me.


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AndyS
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Posted: 23 Feb 2008
[QUOTE=Baby Sue]

That snake skull with itÆs teeth showing is well freaky. It frightened me.

[/QUOTE]

Well maybe because it's a Slow worm, I bet you didn't think they had teeth that big !!!!


Baby Sue
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
[QUOTE=AndyS][QUOTE=Baby Sue]

That snake skull with itÆs teeth showing is well freaky. It frightened me.

[/QUOTE]

Well maybe because it's a Slow worm, I bet you didn't think they had teeth that big !!!! [/QUOTE]

Is it a slow worm?!! Suppose IÆve never seen a dead one of them before or a slow worm skull! They shouldnÆt call them slow worms if they have teeth like that cos worms donÆt have teeth. Or do they? I ainÆt never looked in a wormÆs mouth before. But none have ever bitten me before when IÆve picked them up off the roads and pavements to stop them from getting flattened. My dad collects skulls. Bet heÆd love to have one of those in his collection. I hate his skulls though, theyÆre well freaky.   He has lots of dead animals in his house, they're well grose. 


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GemmaJF
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
You are right they shouldn't call them worms, because they are not they are legless lizards, they are not slow either, check out the ID page to find out more about slow worms. I like the skull picture because I didn't realise how big their teeth were, when they bite though it doesn't really hurt that much, more a nip
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Baby Sue
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008

I read the ID page, slow worms are cool. I wanna spot one now. DonÆt think I ever will though.

ItÆs good to know they donÆt hurt much when they bite. Suppose if I did ever see one though I wouldnÆt want to pick it up anyway cos it might not like it. So IÆll never know what it feels like to get bitten. I know what it feels like to get bitten by a rabbit though, a stray pet one bit me a few days ago after IÆd rescued it and I had dripping blood all over my hand. I was only trying to be itÆs friend too, I guess animals don't realise that though.


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GemmaJF
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008

It is best not to pick up a slow worm if you are not sure as it can make their tails fall off which is a bit gross. (I know you said you wouldn't) 

The idea is the tail drops off and thrashes about so a predator like a crow or fox gets distracted by the tail whilst the animal escapes! With care though you can learn to handle them without it happening. The tail never grows back completely, if you look at pictures of slow worms you will see some have short stubby tails where this has happened. Common lizards can do it also, but usually the tail grows back to the normal length, but is often a bit of a different colour.

I've been bitten and scratched by rabbits, not nice, if you like animals though you get use to it I guess! 


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Suzi
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
Slow worms that shed their tails never have the same agility again. I've watched them and they just don't.
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armata
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
Now you know why some female slow worms have memorable scars from amorous males
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Baby Sue
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Posted: 26 Feb 2008

[QUOTE=GemmaJF]

It is best not to pick up a slow worm if you are not sure as it can make their tails fall off which is a bit gross. (I know you said you wouldn't) [/QUOTE]

Yucky if a slow wormÆs tail fell off whilst youÆre holding it.

 

[QUOTE=GemmaJF] The idea is the tail drops off and thrashes about so a predator like a crow or fox gets distracted by the tail whilst the animal escapes! With care though you can learn to handle them without it happening. The tail never grows back completely, if you look at pictures of slow worms you will see some have short stubby tails where this has happened. Common lizards can do it also, but usually the tail grows back to the normal length, but is often a bit of a different colour. [/QUOTE]

Someone ran over a newt right by our house one night, it looked very dead cos it was bent in half and it was morning so if it were still alive it should have ran away. I thought itÆd be an ace idea to show my mum and her boyfriend it so I picked it up by itÆs tail and was walking with it and it started thrashing all over the place and I freaked out big time. It was only a few minutes later when I remembered Steve Irwin talking about tails coming off lizards and them jiggling around on the floor even though they ainÆt attached no more, for a short time I thought it was still alive and IÆd hurt it by holding it upside down by itÆs tail.

 

[QUOTE=armata]Now you know why some female slow worms have memorable scars from amorous males [/QUOTE]

If I were a girl slow worm I wouldnÆt never want to have sex.


I wanted presents from lots of you. Snot fair that Ben Rigsby was the only one to send me Xmas & birthday presents.

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