June 2017

It is mid June and it is just too hot, that oppressive heat when it creeps to over 30C. I decided to escape the heat of the day with a cup of tea and sat on the bench in the cool, shady area in front of the studio. Whilst enjoying a little respite from the heat, from under the studio and alongside the bench slid an enormous Grass Snake. She was just so elegant and beautiful in her graceful movement, gliding effortlessly over my old brick terrace, through the flower bed, over the lawn and disappearing into the abundance of wild flowers which surround the pond.  She must of been at least 90cm long and beautifully marked and due to her size most likely to be a female. Some amazing experiences are worth tolerating the summer days of intense heat.

ABOUT – Grass Snakes are the largest snake in the British Isles and they particularly like wetland habitats, but they can also be found in dry grasslands and also in gardens, especially those gardens with a pond nearby. They lays their eggs in rotting vegetation, often in compost heaps. Like all reptiles, Grass Snakes hibernate, usually from October to April. During the summer, they can be found basking near favourite ponds or even swimming.

They are identifiable by their greenish colour, with a yellow collar and black neck patches. Females are bigger than males. You can often find them near water and are known to swim. You can help encourage and look after Grass Snakes and other reptiles in your garden by leaving piles of logs for them to hibernate beneath.

Grass Snake

Grass Snake Skeleton illustration

Grass Snake Skeleton