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Nov 11, 2012 10:15 PM

What is this snake?

Hi,

I'm trying to find out what this snake is. It was found in Cornwall and looks as though it died with its mouth wide open.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks

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    Nov 12, 2012 10:03 AM (in response to Brynthe_blade)
    Re: What is this snake?

    I am fairly confident that this is a Slow Worm, Anguis fragilis, so more of a lizard than a true snake - but a reptile nonetheless. From what I can see from the image at higher magnification what appears to be a mouth is in fact an opening into the body cavity where the head once was. Slow Worms are vulnerable to predation from many larger birds, including hawks, owls and crows etc. and predatory mammals. That said if it is the remains of a meal the perpetrator was obviously not very hungry. 

     

    More info on Slow Worms here: http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/slow_worm.htm

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