Name: Grass Snake
Place: Apedale Country Park
Date: 8th April 2017
Weather: Very sunny
Reptiles have to be my favourite group of animals. I have always championed the underdog in the animal world; those creatures who many people fear or dislike. For me reptiles, particularly snakes, are very misunderstood.
I visited Apedale a few years ago in search of my first view of a grass snake. I had a few fleeting glimpses which I was extremely happy with at the time. But I wanted more. After a very quiet year for me on the reptile front last year, I was determined to see a lot more this year.
Blessed with a very warm and sunny day on the first day of the Easter holidays, not only were myself and my husband able to see a grass snake, but we witnessed what is called a ‘mating ball’ in the flattened down reeds on the pond at Apedale Country Park.
Grass snakes emerge from hibernation in March and normally mate in April. Males will chase a female and form what is called a ‘mating ball.’Each male writhes frantically to achieve a mating position. Usually the largest male succeeds.
Video footage of a male grass snake in search of a mate…
Video footage of the ‘mating ball’ we witnessed at Apedale Country park…
The mating ball…