Monday, September 23, 2013

copyright Thomas Males
Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)
Copyright Thomas Males
This picture was taken about two weeks ago, and it was the first time I tried my new point and shoot camera. I think it's interesting to see the tongue that is forked, but not as much as in snakes.
Sadly we don't have many reptiles in Sweden so I try to make the most of my encounters. So just to clarify a slow worm is a lizard even though a leg-less lizard has similar body to that of a snake.

This could be an example of parallel evolution, leg-less lizard and snake (if I understand it right). I have yet to distinguish between convergent evolution and parallel evolution even though I have got the felling that in parallel e. they are related.

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