They look like snakes and act like snakes, but slow worms are actually a type of native legless lizard.''Varying in colour from grey to brown to bronze, they can be spotted if you see it blink, because snakes dont have eyelids like lizards do.''Slow worms are significantly less withdrawn than British snake species and can frequently be found in back gardens up and down the UK.

IN PICTURES: seven snakes and lizards that could be hiding in your garden

With spring starting to bloom, Brits have been urged to look out for reptiles that call the UK home – including grass snakes, slow worms, vipers and even sand lizards.

Outdoors experts from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have revealed the different snakes and lizards that can be found in UK gardens.

The common European viper (also known as adders) can be found right across mainland UK, is usually about two foot long and has a venomous bite.''Theyre generally quite shy and reclusive, but could bite your feet or ankles in self-defence if disturbed, or your hands if theyre picked up.''Nobody has died from adder venom in Britain for several decades, but bites are commonly reported as the weather improves and they come out of winter hibernation. ''Pets could be unable to cope with the swelling, nausea, dizziness or potential allergic reaction that a viper bite can cause, with children and the elderly also at increased risk of severe consequences.

5. Viper (Adder)

The common European viper (also known as adders) can be found right across mainland UK, is usually about two foot long and has a venomous bite.''Theyre generally quite shy and reclusive, but could bite your feet or ankles in self-defence if disturbed, or your hands if theyre picked up.''Nobody has died from adder venom in Britain for several decades, but bites are commonly reported as the weather improves and they come out of winter hibernation. ''Pets could be unable to cope with the swelling, nausea, dizziness or potential allergic reaction that a viper bite can cause, with children and the elderly also at increased risk of severe consequences.
third party
Buy a Photo
Viviparous, or common, lizards can be seen in a range of colours, from greens and greys to oranges and yellows.''This non-marine reptile gives birth to its live young in every part of the UK and Ireland, usually eats small insects and spiders, and hibernated during the colder months.

6. Viviparous lizard

Viviparous, or common, lizards can be seen in a range of colours, from greens and greys to oranges and yellows.''This non-marine reptile gives birth to its live young in every part of the UK and Ireland, usually eats small insects and spiders, and hibernated during the colder months.
third party
Buy a Photo
View more