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If you go down to the woods today..........

By livinglevels  
I find these adult Grass Snakes (Natrix natrix) yesterday, courting in braken on the side of a slag heap at the old lead working at Charterhouse. I had been looking for over an hour when I became aware of the rustling sound as they moved through the bracken and leaf litter. In total there were more than 10 and may be 15 of them. It was a great experience, lying down only 6ft from them, although a little un-nerving when I heard further movement behind me.

Tags: Spring Mendips Grass snake Snakes Natrix natrix Courtship Wildlife and nature Charterhouse

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gloccy 7 Scotland
25 Mar 2012 10:44AM
Well captured. I bet you wouldnt have been lying that close if it was the other UK species.


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netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
25 Mar 2012 10:48AM
I had a walk yesterday morning and cycled in the afternoon to see if I could find some snakes,I usually see an adder by my home every year but not yet this year,I shall be off again when my cake comes out of the oven.
You 've had a brilliant shot here,and been verry brave to lay down.
Leilani 13 29 3 England
26 Mar 2012 8:35AM
What location did you find them? They eat frogs and stuff, would love to see one in the wild.

Fantastic capture! Although, I have to say, I think you were safe lying down, they aren't venomous, they may hiss and strike but they don't do it with their mouth open, so no danger of being the Adder is a different story! Smile
Charterhouse is up on the Mendips above Cheddar

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