They look like snakes and act like snakes, but slow worms are actually a type of native legless lizard.''Varying in colour from grey to brown to bronze, they can be spotted if you see it blink, because snakes dont have eyelids like lizards do.''Slow worms are significantly less withdrawn than British snake species and can frequently be found in back gardens up and down the UK.

IN PICTURES: seven snakes and lizards that could be hiding in your garden

With spring starting to bloom, Brits have been urged to look out for reptiles that call the UK home – including grass snakes, slow worms, vipers and even sand lizards.

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