Grass Snake - 1st of 2017

Caught sight of my resident Grass snake 2 days ago having a sunbath.  Took me by surprise as I was really looking out for the Slow worms.  By the time I'd gawped and said "Hello" and run in to get my camera, he/she had slithered off into the undergrowth.

Only a couple of weeks ago, I spotted 2 juvenile snakes - one in the pond and the other just entering it.

I'd thought it a wee bit early but we have had a long spell of hot and dry weather.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,020

    I haven't seen one yet, can't remember if the last I saw was last year or the year before. It's a very 'poison-heavy' agricultural area and it must be in the food chainimage

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  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,189

    You can share "my" snake Nutcutlet - I'd like to say he/she was admiring the Aquilegias but  in fact was nowhere near themimage

    Actually, I was quite surprised to see it in this particular location as it usually sticks to the full south side..  I've moved a few things about tho since last year so easy access to south stone wall and pond.

    Good tho eh ?image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,020

    very good Philippa. image

    and I'd love to share your snake, thank you

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,189

    Scroggin.........hmph..........thought mine was the first this year...........obviously need to borrow your collie dogimage

    Makes your day tho doesn't it ?image

    Divided 50/50 Nutcutletimage  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,020

    image thanks Philippa

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,052

    I thought we'd have lots of grass snakes here but none seen so far.  We do, however, have western whip snakes - identified by Scroggin and Floralies.  OH spotted a pair canoodling the other day in the warmth.  I bet they're tucked up again today as it's barely got to 20C at the warmest point.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,189

    Not quite sure where in France you are Obelix but the Western Whip snakes were quite prevelent when I lived in the Midi Pyr.

    Another creature I thoroughly enjoyed watching was the Marbled Newt  ( T marmoratus ) - bred happily in my large pond. 

    Scroggin - I'll forgive youimage

  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 1,426

    I wonder if St. Patrick really did rid us of snakes, I've never seen or heard of anyone who has seen one here.  I saw my first newt about 7 years ago when my son brought one home from the swampy area near us. image

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