I went out with my family to the Sutton Ecology Center. It was a beautiful place and it had this huge pond with loads of newts and baby frogs. The type of newts i found in the pond were common newts.
As we walked around the garden i found an old mat, i lifted it up and discovered a juvenile Slow worm. Adult Slow worms are black and brown but the juveniles are black and silver. They have a black tongue and they look a lot like snakes but they are actually lizards without legs.
In the woodland area I found a log pile and i lifted up one of the logs and underneath it there was a Common Toad. It was very small and the colouration of the Toad was orange and brown. Me and my mum lifted up another log, under it there was a Stag Beetle. I picked up the Stag Beetle to have a closer look and it pinched me so i put it back. We found some more mats and underneath one of them there were 4 Slow Worms. Whilst handling the slow worms one of them up sprayed something that smelt terrible, perhaps it was a defense mechanism. It was time to go, I didn't want to go but I had to. The next day I went there again with my uncle Pete.