Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Herping weather...

The warmer weather is certainly bringing out our reptilian friends a bit more. Saw this beautiful and rather large female Grass Snake Natirx natrix helvetica at the weekend. She's just about ready to slough her skin - the dull colouration and milky eye indicate an imminent shed approaching. During this time she won't move too far as they also become more susceptible to predation.

Grass Snake Natrix natrix helvetica: R. Harris
Also a nice female Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara warming up in the morning sunshine.

Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara: R. Harris
And this one from a few weeks back that I'd forgotten about - regenerating a lost tail:

And another casualty who obviously had a close shave not too long's Latin name is so apt.

Slow Worm Anguis fragilis, male: R. Harris
Slow Worm Anguis fragilis, female: R. Harris

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