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HERPTILES

(reptiles and amphibians)

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix), sometimes called Ring Snake or Water Snake:

 

- Appearance: Typically dark green or brown with a distinctive yellow ring around it's neck, giving it an alternative name of the Ringed Snake. Underside is white with random black markings

- Length: Females - 90-110 cm, Males - Approx 20cm

- Weight: Up to 240 grams

- Habitat: Often found near water, thus giving it another alternative name of the Water Snake, can also be found near their preferred habitat of field margins and woodland edges

- Reproduction: Mate in Spring, lays batches of 8 - 40 eggs in June/July, usually in rotting vegetation or compost heaps

- Food Source: Has a diet consisting of almost exclusively amphibians, may occasionally eat mammals and fish

Below you will find what A Wild Life with Animals believe to be accurate information regarding this species.

 

The UK is home to many Herptiles, a term used to encompass both reptiles and amphibians, this page will explain a little more about them including details like size, appearance and where you can expect to find them in the wild:

Viviparous Lizard or Common Lizzard (Zootoca vivipara formerly Lacerta vivipara):

 

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Common European Adder or Common European Viper (Vipera berus):

 

- Appearance: Colour can vary from dark brown to very light coloured specimens. Most will have a zig-zag dorsal pattern along the entire length of the snake

- Length: 60-90 cm

- Weight: 75 - 180 grams

- Habitat: Can be found in a variety of habitats like rough commons, edges of woods, bushy slopes, hedgerow, and if dry ground is nearby can also be found on banks of streams, lakes and ponds.

- Reproduction - Once every 2-3 years in the late summer - early autumn, litters range from 3-20 and the young are born within a transparent sac from which they must free themselves

- Food Source - Small mammals, birds, lizards and amphibian, and occasionally spiders, worms and insects

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Smooth Newt or Common Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris formerly Triturus vulgaris):

 

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Palmate Newt

 

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Grass Snake Common Lizard Common Toad Adder Common Frog Great Crested Newt Palmate Newt Slow Worms