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Slow Worms

Slow Worms are a family of lizards with elongated bodies and shortened limbs. In the Czech Republic there is just one type, a snake-like Slow Worm. The largest member of the species is the Scheltopusik, from Southern Europe and the Middle East, which can grow to a size of up to 120 cm. The Slow Worm has a slender body and a long fragile tail; its legs are smaller and, in some species, they exist only as rudimentary attachments to the body. This applies specifically to the Anguinae subfamily; the Gerrhonotinae have normally developed limbs. They all have long and forked tongues. A common feature of all Slow Worms is their subcutaneous covering, a tough protective armour, which, however, also causes this legless species to lack the speed, agility and flexibility of a snake. It lives either on the ground or underground and feeds mainly on insects, flies, worms and other invertebrates.

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N 50° 8.519', E 14° 36.972'
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