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04/07/2014 at 15:42

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.

04/07/2014 at 15:43
Wow, where do you live? You are very lucky
04/07/2014 at 15:46

How cool is that? I'd be over the moon

04/07/2014 at 15:46

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

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

04/07/2014 at 15:47

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.

04/07/2014 at 15:47

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. 

04/07/2014 at 15:51

Do they eat snails and slugs?

04/07/2014 at 15:57

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!!!

04/07/2014 at 15:59

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

04/07/2014 at 16:00

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.

04/07/2014 at 16:01
Oooo, if i keep feeding the mice, will i get a snake to move in????
04/07/2014 at 16:08

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

04/07/2014 at 16:21

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?

04/07/2014 at 16:38
I saw that on springwatch, a snake found a nest of finches! I think grown up birds are safe(ish)
04/07/2014 at 17:07

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.  

04/07/2014 at 17:12

Me no likee any snakes 

04/07/2014 at 17:32
Not a goldfinch are you verd?
04/07/2014 at 17:43

Verdun..........useful creatures 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

04/07/2014 at 19:06

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.

04/07/2014 at 19:19

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

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