Up to 40 centimetres long, the slow-worm resembles a snake but is actually a legless lizard. It can live up to 30 years in the wild. With a cylindrical body, it is a shiny greyish bronze to dark brown with smooth glossy scales. It can be plain or with dark stripes.
Living in grasslands, shrubs, parks and gardens, the slow-worm can be found in Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia.
The slow-worm feeds on snails, insects, worms and spiders. It hibernates from October to March, sometimes in groups in holes. Although mainly active at twilight, slow-worms occasionally bask in the sun. The young are born from eggs inside the mother. The slow-worm is able to shed its tail to escape from predators.