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241. Licranço

2010.08.29
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Anguis fragilis aka Slow worm

Actually I've known this buddy my whole life as a dangerous snake,
we had a saying in portuguese :

''Mordida de Licranço
não há cura ou descanço''


Which means:
''Slow worm bite
There is no cure or rest''


I've searched over the internet about this buddy, and I found out It is not a snake, but a lizard without legs.
And it feeds on slugs and some other insects.

Actually I've found no information about his poisonous bite. Does anyone know anything about this animal? or about if it is poisonous?
50 Comments
????? Great shots Ricky
These are fairly common here...but I've not heard that they're poisonous
????? · 2010-08-29: 07:14
asalto Bonito "Lución", el tiempo pasa pero tus fotos siguen siendo muy buenas.
Saludos!!
asalto · 2010-08-29: 07:14
GyozoE strange animal....
great photo... :)
GyozoE · 2010-08-29: 07:19
eternity65 Haha, Ricky, have no fear, this little one is TOTALLY safe, it's not poisonous at all. As you found out, this is a legless lizard. We have them over here also, but more inland.
Nice shots!
eternity65 · 2010-08-29: 07:25
davidcardona Great takes and information! I added first one into my favorites. Thanks for sharing!
davidcardona · 2010-08-29: 07:38
MoMac You wouldn't see me " dead" beside that whatever it's danger!!!!! :-0
MoMac · 2010-08-29: 07:40
RayNvb Only one true way to find out..... pick it up! Ha!
Personally, I don't get close to anything that slithers.
Good shot, pretty clear. You must not have been shaking in you boots!
RayNvb · 2010-08-29: 07:41
tinyphotographer very good. Congratulation.
tinyphotographer · 2010-08-29: 07:42
Wasichseh Their german name is "Blindschleiche" and they are neither blind nor poisonous. :-)
Wasichseh · 2010-08-29: 07:51
????? I haven't seen and read anything about this one, until now; Very nice pictures, Ricky; interesting fact!!!
????? · 2010-08-29: 08:28
photogp Great shots Ricky!
photogp · 2010-08-29: 09:08
MARETKA88 Never seen anything like that before here...crazy!!! Nice shots!!!
MARETKA88 · 2010-08-29: 09:20
????? Physically, what is the difference between a snake and a legless lizard? Nice photos -- I'll stay away from them, please!
????? · 2010-08-29: 09:22
Jarvo Wonderful shots Ricky. They used to be common where I live, but it's too built up for them now. They're not poisonous. My mum used to play them with a kid - then again, I do remember her bringing an adder into the house once ;-)
Jarvo · 2010-08-29: 09:23
finbarr Excellent shots!!
finbarr · 2010-08-29: 09:46
skskz Wonderful and maybe deadly captures!!! Is this lizard? Amazing...!!!!!
skskz · 2010-08-29: 09:49
????? Super cute!!
I've never seen one of these.
????? · 2010-08-29: 09:51
josy63 Bravo ricky, these photos are impressive for me which hate these tiny creatures
josy63 · 2010-08-29: 10:19
blu06 It doesn't seem harmful, but looks scary! Good shot.
blu06 · 2010-08-29: 10:22
HoosierAtHeART Personally I want to stay away from them all, but many poisonous snakes have some bright colors as a warning.
HoosierAtHeART · 2010-08-29: 10:35
Francesc21 Great capture. I don't know about this animal
Francesc21 · 2010-08-29: 11:05
helys Thanks for sharing about this animal !
It looks very impressive
helys · 2010-08-29: 11:33
r00tt great captures.
r00tt · 2010-08-29: 12:57
wfrnk No, never heard of it... :-)
wfrnk · 2010-08-29: 13:21
Ryana Nice catch. ;)
Ryana · 2010-08-29: 13:30
yellodog Primitive looking creature.
yellodog · 2010-08-29: 14:16
????? Fantastic shots!!
????? · 2010-08-29: 15:46
Allegra brrrrrrrr .:-)
Allegra · 2010-08-29: 16:04
djnana It certainly looks more like a lizard's head than a snake's head - and nothing like a worm, to me! Very fine shot of it, though - and interesting conversations about it!!
djnana · 2010-08-29: 16:59
TheBigHush Great saying.

There's only one way to find out... and I sure ain't volunteering!
TheBigHush · 2010-08-29: 17:41
redro Very nice shots
It's a pity misinformed persons made up myths about the poison that could scare people into hunting this inoffensive lizard down and killed them .
It's fascinating, it's so different..no lizard nor snake...something in between...Why ?
I wonder about the reason...
redro · 2010-08-29: 17:55
jeffcornish I hope you had a long lens....that is the only way I would have captured this! Great!!
jeffcornish · 2010-08-29: 18:22
trippindelight I like the beautiful coppery sheen and delicate markings. I've never seen one. Great photos and interesting post.
trippindelight · 2010-08-29: 18:42
Boieiro ye un corta-fenos. I de ls guapos
Boieiro · 2010-08-29: 19:41
lookagain Really nice perspective, Ricky....very interesting capture!!!
lookagain · 2010-08-29: 20:06
????? great shot Ricky. Ask someone you don't like to pick it up and see what happens. No harm to you!
????? · 2010-08-29: 23:21
agandia Very nice macro!!
agandia · 2010-08-29: 23:29
goolikhash i know your friend
is that one who has a slut under his tommy...
if he is,we call him " koora-loof" which means" the blind snake"...
i cant stand any snake but love your job....
goolikhash · 2010-08-30: 01:39
jessicashan Yummy??
jessicashan · 2010-08-30: 03:37
jennye I've never seen or heard about this.
legless lizard or snake...he's cool!
jennye · 2010-08-30: 04:58
jet28 Great shots - it's lovely!
jet28 · 2010-08-30: 05:08
openbelarus oh, very long, very good
openbelarus · 2010-08-30: 07:15
????? ugh!!!!!!!! yucky!!! I dont like snakes, but your shots are too cool!
????? · 2010-08-30: 09:41
JaCkYe Brutal...
JaCkYe · 2010-08-30: 10:09
Shaun Great Shots.
Shaun · 2010-08-30: 10:20
malquistfamily very good.. like the angles.
malquistfamily · 2010-08-30: 13:22
GKorts they are not poisonous at all Ricky during my school times my mum found regularly some in my trousers because we used them to scare girls in the school and sometimes I forgot them. They even do not bite. If you touch one not at their tail because they can loose it if they are in danger. But it does not grow completely again
GKorts · 2010-08-30: 14:17
miltonjacob it looks to me as non-poisonous!! :)
miltonjacob · 2010-08-30: 16:21
Unchained Safa! Tem estas coisas por lá? Só de olhar me dá arrepios! Mas as fotos são boas!
Unchained · 2010-08-31: 12:37
SADHYA Well in the UK the slow worm is not poisonous, in fact I have sometimes handled them - I find them in the compost heap occasionally. Yes, they are a legless lizard and really rather lovely.
SADHYA · 2010-09-01: 15:43
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