Legless lizard with smooth scales giving a polished appearance. Blunt snout, neck not very distinct. Long lived.
Up to 50cm long. Mainly females.
Males uniform in colour from coppery to dark brown. Often with blue spots. Females with dark flanks and thin dorsal stripe running the length of the body.
Being lizards they possess eyelids and can blink whereas snakes can not.
Found in a variety of habitats from coastal to moorland, railway embankments and dry stone walls, waste land and farmland.
Mainly crepuscular and fossorial, meaning that they live under cover. Diet consists mainly of slugs, worms and other invertebrates.
Mate in April, with young being born live in July, August.