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artjak

I was sitting on the terrace reading about 3 ish when I saw something move out of the corner of my eye; it was a snake about 1m long. I did a vertical takeoff, like a Harrier Jump Jet from shear surprise. I'm actually rather fond of snakes and once did a days work with a python wrapped round my neck I checked online and it was a grass snake, not an adder. It was very beautiful; it raised it's head to me and then slithered off into the flower bed.

Wow, where do you live? You are very lucky

AJ..........I bet that's mine

I've not seen it since I first reported it on here a while back

artjak

In the Fens, Norfolk. I saw a much smaller one vanish into the same part of the flower bed about 5 years ago; perhaps the holes I sometimes see in the ground are not rat holes, but snake holes.

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Dovefromabove

Lucky you Artjak  Very Lucky you  

I know grass snakes have been seen around here but we've not seen one in our garden - yet.    

When I had the smallholding we had grass snakes in the meadows and swimming in the ponds catching Gt Crested Newts. 

artjak

Do they eat snails and slugs?

Dovefromabove

Think the younger ones eat slugs, but the bigger the snake, the bigger the prey - big ones will go for frogs, small mammals and birds - keep an eye on those baby robins!!!

nutcutlet

Mine hunt in the pond but I haven't seen much of them this year. I may be jealous

artjak

Ahhh! thanks Dove; but Robins are way down the garden beyond the g/h. The bird feeders are very close to where the snake went; would they eat dropped bird seed? The birds who feed on the ground are mainly big wood pigeons, too big for a snake to tackle I would think.

Oooo, if i keep feeding the mice, will i get a snake to move in????
Dovefromabove

They'll travel quite a way, and climb trees, to get to a bird's nest!

artjak

Good grief The bird feeders all hang from a pear tree in the centre of my tiny lawn; there are finches of all kinds (except bullfinches), and great and blue tits, sparrows etc. Will the snake try to get at them?

I saw that on springwatch, a snake found a nest of finches! I think grown up birds are safe(ish)
Dovefromabove

No artjak, don't think they'll go up the tree after adult birds, but they do eat eggs and nestlings.   Where you are, I would imagine the main diet is amphibians.  

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Me no likee any snakes 

Verdun..........useful creatures tho............like AJ, once did an exhibition educating people about exotic species.  Had a snake over my shoulder when I went into a cake shop to buy everyone cakes for elevenses..........snake had been so quiet all morning, I never thought  I didn't have to stand in the Q for very long I can tell you.....everyone melted away and I got to choose the best cakes before anyone else

If this doesn't convert you to Snakes, I guess nothing will

Lyn

I suppose they must be here being so remote, but if I saw one in my borders I woudnt be in there  till it all died down in the winter.

Well, maybe tou have a good  point there Philippa. what sort of cakes?