Brock Snake Moan

Magnus photographed this snake as it rampaged through the Lair of the Great White Wyrm (Honor Oak) last night. It was last seen on a pedestrian bridge near the Honor Oak doctor's surgery and is most likely on its way towards Brockley.

Cllr Mike Harris knows precisely where and when this creature will attack next, but he is bound by a code of conduct which prohibits the excitement of ectothermic, amniote vertebrates and thus must look on, Cassandra-like, as the carnage unfolds.

One theory is that this is Flea, trying to make his way home to Crofton Park like a character from a particularly unsuccessful sequel to Homeward Bound.

UPDATE - On Twitter, Lou points out that this is a slow worm and a protected species. So in all seriousness, please be nice to it if you see it.

41 comments:

Saarf London Bird said...

Slow news day in Brockley Central? :-)

Brockley Nick said...

You wait til it eats someone you love and then tell me it was a slow news day.

channelzeroprose said...

That looks like a slow worm to me. Can't really get the size from the photo but the shape says slow worm not snake.

discoaddict said...

I suppose an in focus photo is too much to ask for but that looks like a slow worm and that's pretty good news for the local environment. Oh Channelzeroprose beat me to it

Anonymous said...

New at Brocamart - free range worms!

Mb said...

Property and the reptile menace, just two of the things Nick likes to hype!

Kate said...

Caterpillas are more dangerous apparently

The Mung of All Knowledge said...

Although they are lizards, slow worms have lost their limbs completely and are often mistaken as snakes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slowworm

Saarf London Bird said...

@Brockley Nick - now you KNOW I am the old woman who lived in a shoe. Happy to feed the snake and make friends. So to speak. Erm. *exits stage left*

Danja said...

Snakes Honor Pain

Geordie said...

Whisht! lads, haad yor gobs,
An' aa'll tell ye aall an aaful story,
Whisht! lads, haad yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tel ye 'boot the worm

kolp said...

You can see quite clearly it's not a snake, it's a lizard without legs.

Despite the contributions of Attenborough & co over the years you still get people referring to "Koala Bears", nope, they are not bears.
Then Chimpanzees as monkeys, NOPE, everyone knows a monkey has a tail. A Chimpanzee does not have a tail, it is not a monkey it is an ape like you and me.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, yes and tomatoes are actually fruit, etc, etc.

Faux Berry said...

Actually Tomatoes are both a fruit and a vegetable. Fruit is a scientific term, but vegetable is just culinary, pretty much just referring to stuff that grows that we can cook and eat.

Brockley Nick said...

@FB yes, that was my point.

Faux Berry said...

I'm a terrible boring pedant. That was my point. ;)

Brockley Nick said...

And it's people like you that prompted the headline for this story ;)

AliKati said...

As long as it stays away from my hamsters...

Oli said...

Nevermind the slow-worms or caterpillars, it's the giant bat-eating centipedes you need to look out for.

This footage taken just round the back of Harefield Road:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UROVfmY3NTA

Anonymous said...

A berry is any fruit with more than one seed inside. See tomatoes, apples, bananas etc. but not raspberries or strawberries.

Anonymous said...

So what's Jaffa cake?

NAT said...

It's an earthworm for chrissakes.

Not in a Jaffa cake.

In the picture.

NAT said...

Ladies and Gents The Slow Worm.

Dah dah.

Anonymous said...

@NAT I do love it when people read the full article and the previous comments before posting...

NAT said...

I did.
All of it (including the update from renowned twitter invertebrate biologist) and then the comments; All of them.

People thought it was a slow worm.

What you on about Anon?

Anonymous said...

"People thought it was a slow worm" because it is....

NAT said...

You can't tell an earthworm in exhibit (a) pink, no head, prominent darker band from the slow worm in exhibit (b) well defined head and eyes, dark colour, reptilian skin.

Tragic.

Anonymous said...

Actually neither of us have actually seen it and are relying on a poor photograph. I'm going with the eyewitness who says 'Slow worm'

Try again

NAT said...

No eye witness claimed it was a slow worm.

I love people who read the article and comments section before posting.

Anonymous said...

Seriously guys, an argument over *this*?

*Thinks back to Speedicars' sign and furore over Sky dishes*

Oh, carry on... :-|

Anonymous said...

That would have to be one hell of a huge earthworm (look at its size vs stones and leaves!)

If you also read the twitter feed the photographer does claim it is a slow worm.

Anonymous said...

Anon 14:43, this is a MASSIVE issue of credibility in Snake/Worm/Slow Worm recognition.

Please stand aside, this could get messy.

Nat, are you saying it's a worm? (soft, squidgy and cut-in-half-able?)

I demand a judicial review. Who knew what, who said what.

Faux Berry said...

Actually, worms aren't cut in halfable. Well, they are, but what you end up with is one dead worm in two bits. See early post about pedantry.

Faux Berry said...

...unless it's one of a certain type of flatworm, but you don't get those in your garden. Sorry, I can't help myslef.

Chief Pedant said...

*myself

Faux Berry said...

that may wake me up in the middle of the night.

NAT said...

Anon 14:52 those 'leaves' are ash keys, I think. That still makes it quite a big earthworm, not as big as that 3m Chinese one David Attenborough was keen on, but quite big.

When we spotted something like this when I was growing up and we were fortunate enough to be within range of a Box Brownie or later a Kodak Instamatic, it was customary to place a thruppeny bit or model of the Eiffel Tower next to the object to indicate scale.

Wonder what you'ld use today.

Oyster card might do the trick.

eternal child said...

Arse. I'm now going to have to download and watch "Homeward Bound". Both versions. And watch them. You utter bastard Nick.

Anonymous said...

I think the snakes of Brockley need a better press agency. This photo opp went to a lowly worm. Call Don Draper. The SNAKES of BROCKLEY is my next band name by the way.

NAT said...

Yea, bugger, it could well be a juvenile female slow worm.

Aaarch, being wrong! Does it ever come easy?

Anonymous said...

I can concur the snake has once again appeared on the Honor Oak bridge at 9.25 precisely. With many admirers will it get bigger...Does it have a mummy?

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