Follow in Nigel's Footsteps

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Good weather for herping...

Today was perfect for finding reptiles. Overcast with sunny spells meant that reptiles would be out basking at every opportunity. I caught up with my first Grass Snake Natrix natrix of the year - two in fact! The first was a huge female near Black Hole Marsh at Seaton and the second was this stunning male near Whitestaunton:

Grass Snake Natrix natrix, male: R. Harris
Grass Snake Natrix natrix, male: R. Harris
Grass Snake Natrix natrix, male: R. Harris
Grass Snake Natrix natrix, male
showing head scales: R. Harris
I also found three Slow Worms Anguis fragilis and this lovely male Common or Viviparous Lizard Zootoca vivipara. It's not uncommon to find ticks on snakes and lizards and this one had two on the body, just above his right leg.

Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara, male: R. Harris
Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara, male: R. Harris

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