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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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What is this creature called in english?

So I was looking at the garter snake thread, and I looked up garter snake, and I realized that it's not at all what I thought!

I am originally from france, and I always thought garter snake was what we call in france an Orvet! but, I have come to see that not at all!

So, here is a picture of an orvet i found on google. Do you guys know that? what is it called in english?
They are more like feetless lizards than snakes, they're very gentle and you find them in gardens all the time. My dad used to mow the lawn, and dump all the cut grass in one spot of the garden, and the Orvets would hide in there We'd go and take them and touch them. They don't bite and are very nice!
I have never seen one bigger than a foot long, and they're fairly skinny!


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I don't know what that is, but it isn't a garter snake.


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I found that garter snake in french is couleuvre, so now i understand exactly what a garter snake is! But still don't know what an orvet is in english!

They're actually lizards i think and not snakes even though they have no legs, because I remember that part of their tail breaks off as protection against predators! and it grows back after
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anguis_fragilis


I think that is what it is.
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Glass lizard maybe.





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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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ooh yeah, shannonmarie i think you're right!! thank you! Slow worm it is!
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That thing looks so cool, I wish I had one they look fun to play with


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i know i used to LOVE to play with them! but as a kid it's confusing because it's a snake looking thing that has a lizard head, and my parents always told me it was a limb-less lizard and not a snake... so that made them very interesting.
they're pretty friendly, we've never been bitten and they just try to slowly escape from your hands, but that's it!

I find it weird though that they are called slow WORM in english... but glad to finally know what they're called!
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