Saturday, July 14, 2012

a snake in the grass cuttings

I can't tell you how much pleasure it gives me to discover a grass snake in our garden and to be able to photograph it basking in the sun (the first sun for two weeks I am told). It is lying on a compost heap where apparently they often lay their eggs. It is a sign that our garden is supporting the sort of wildlife diversity that we have long hoped for. The bulge towards the tail is either an unfortunate amphibian, or perhaps some eggs. Long but not venomous, and sometimes called ringed because of the yellow collar around its neck.

Close inspection of the photos shows two, possibly three orange/red blobs on the back of the snake's head. These are snake mites (see link). What a strange rich world we live in.


Anonymous said...

Lovely to have new posts. Super photos of the snake. We have miniscule frogs emerging from our 'ponds' over the road here. One looked quite bronze in colour.


Spot said...

I hope our snake isn't eating your froglets!

Victoria Kidsman said...

Great story. Where we live in Melbourne Australia the snakes are dangerous and venomous so when they turn up we call the local snake catchers to capture and relocate the snake. You have to get them removed because otherwise the dogs may be bitten.
All the best

Spot said...

Our lurchers would run away. Fortunately, we only have one very shy venomous snake in GB, and that likes dry heathland; there is nowhere dry left this summer so I think we are safe!