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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Natrix natrix helvetica...

The common (barred) Grass Snake, found throughout the UK. I found this stunning specimen up on the Blackdown Hills today enjoying the sun like the rest of us. This completes all the native UK reptiles for me this year and after such a poor year in 2015 it's quite a contrast to have seen them all so early in the season.

The small size and light build, fairly narrow head and longer tail (you'll have to take my word for that) all indicate that this is a male and judging by the bright, clean colouration it has probably sloughed its skin recently too - just immaculate!

Grass Snake Natrix natrix helvetica, male: R. Harris
Grass Snake Natrix natrix helvetica, male: R. Harris
Grass Snake Natrix natrix helvetica, male: R. Harris
Grass Snake Natrix natrix helvetica, male: R. Harris
Hopefully get to see a few non-native reptiles now before the season ends.

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