Britain is home to three native species of lizard: common lizards (zootoca vivipara and lacerta vivipara), sand lizards (lacerta agilis), and slow-worms (anguis fragilis). The longest is the slow-worm, which can reach 50cm (19.6in) in length; it is sometimes mistaken for a snake, as it has no legs. They are distributed across Britain, and are often found in gardens, particularly in compost heaps or under logs. Despite being widespread, they are protected by law.
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