Where to find them
Grass snakes are found throughout England and Wales.
Feeding primarily on fish and amphibians, grass snakes can occasionally
venture into garden ponds in the summer months, particularly in rural or
semi-rural parts of the south.
Grass snakes are non-venomous and are extremely timid, moving off
quickly when disturbed. If cornered they can feign death, and if handled frequently,
produce a foul-smelling excretion.
This is the UK's longest snake, growing to well over a metre in length.
Typically grass snakes are grey-green in colour. They have a distinctive
yellow and black collar around the neck, with black bars down the sides
of the body.
Grass snakes are Britain’s only egg-laying snake.
Females lay eggs in June or July, normally in rotting vegetation
(including garden compost heaps) which acts as an incubator. The eggs hatch into
miniature versions of the adults in the late summer months.
Grass snakes are protected by law in Great Britain. It is illegal to
deliberately kill, injure or sell grass snakes.