While looking for butterflies and nice plants, we suddenly saw a strange snake. But a small one… And one that was missing part of its tail (he didn’t look to be in a really good shape altogether actually). With closer examination it turned out it wasn’t a snake, but a legless lizard: a Slow Worm. It had apparently been attacked by an animal, dropped the end of its tail, like lizards can do, and was now recovering from the shock. After a while it decided it was time to find some more cover and it started to crawl to some denser vegetation.

Slow Worm

This gave me the opportunity to get down on by belly and make a few pictures of the Slow Worm in between the grass. From this perspective it really looks like a maze, for him maybe more a forest. A nice opportunity, as usually you only find them dead, hit by a car while they were basking in the sun.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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