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19/06/2013 at 20:52

Went for a stroll around a nearby disused aerodrome near where I live today and came across this little fella...

 First time Ive ever seen one in the flesh. Someone had placed some pieces of metal corrugated roofing panels in the grass, and I know snakes like to hide under them.


19/06/2013 at 20:56

 lovely snake LF

19/06/2013 at 21:25

Great pictureI've not seen one either

19/06/2013 at 21:38

One identifier is the white "dogcollar" clearly evident here.

19/06/2013 at 21:40
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

One identifier is the white "dogcollar" clearly evident here.

Your right, but I didnt know that at the time so I kept my distance!!! I had to google it when I got home.

24/06/2013 at 19:12

I've got corragated tins in my rough area and photoed this grass snake today. It was very dull and it's eyes were cloudy so I think it's getting ready to shed it's skin.

Also took a photo of an adder today and posted that photo too.

24/06/2013 at 19:22

Lovey photo, LeadFarmer. My snake was off like a shot so not a good photo.

25/06/2013 at 22:39

Must be great to see one in your garden. Fascinating to watch I bet?

25/06/2013 at 22:41
Pottie Pam wrote (see)

Lovey photo, LeadFarmer. My snake was off like a shot so not a good photo.

Well I was out with my DSLR camera taking photos of a disused WW2 RAF barrage balloon site when I came across the snake. It would have been frustrating to have seen it and not had my camera with me.

25/06/2013 at 23:30

We spend summer lunch breaks watching them hunting for their lunch in the pond

29/06/2013 at 13:52

I live in a very dry part of the Country so have several (9) water butts set up. When these are getting near full I usually take off several buckets full of water and stand them for later use, gaining a bit more. Last year I found a young Grass Snake under them, this was right up to the bungalow side, took some pics and left it be. We also get Frogs and Toads and I have created what I call "Toad Hall" -  I bricked one course round a Manhole cover and put slabs over this leaving a space under these for them in the cool, it is also near to the small pond.

29/06/2013 at 17:47

Once you've found something like that, in my case Great crested newts under the pots, you could never put out slug pellets again.

30/06/2013 at 12:22

Hi. Thats something I have not seen for many many years - a Great Crested newt.

I  am an oldie and of course can remember the days when fields were smaller and all with hedges round them - a birds nest in just about every bush. Ponds and streams everywhere and all with their quota of wildlife in them including the Newts both Common and Great Crested. Snakes aplenty also then.

30/06/2013 at 12:25

We have lots of both newts Keen and grass snakes but I've never seen an adder

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