Grass Snake

Grass snakes are common within England and Wales. They are present in a variety of habitats as well as areas close to water. Not to be mistaken for the adder snake, the grass snake has a dark shade of black upon the length of their body with a yellowy white shade on the belly part of their skin. 


Grass snakes do not have venomous bites. However, frogs, toads and newts are their prey and occasionally try to catch fish and other small mammals such as birds. The grass snake uses surprise tactics to catch prey and swallow it whole.  

Grass snakes are cold-blooded animals that hibernate from October or November to March or April. Woodland habitats serve as perfect hibernating environments with fallen trees, tree roots, long grass areas and log systems playing a massive role in the grass snakes for survival. 

Fact - Grass snakes are the only egg-laying snake within Great Britain, with 40 eggs being laid, hatching in late summer or early autumn time. 

A greater amount of study needs to be done to acknowledge the variety of ways we can continue the grass snakes' survival. With your support, we can manifest different initiatives between ourselves and grass snakes that would see them in number and be maintained for generations to come in Great Britain. 

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