The Reptile Diaries: How to spot a grass snake

When:

  • Grass snakes emerge from hibernation in March returning again in October.
  • Early to mid-morning on a warm, sunny day although I have seen them late afternoon as well.
  • A sunny day that has followed a sunny day is always a good time.

Where:

  • Wetland with adjacent, open, drier habitats.
  • Ponds (where they hunt their prey)
  • Compost heaps (where they lay their eggs)
  • Amongst bracken
  • Underneath refuges such as corrugated iron (usually on a duller day)
  • Flattened down reeds in a pond which they love to bask on (usually on a sunny day)
  • Railway lines or embankments

Flattened down reeds in a pond…

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Ponds…

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Grass snakes can sometimes be seen wrapped around bullrushes…

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Long grass surrounding ponds…

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South-facing Embankments…

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Piles of sticks or logs…

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Compost Heaps…

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Railway lines…

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