• Grass Snake ©R.Winnall

    Grass Snake ©R.Winnall

  • Grass Snake, recently shed skin ©R.Winnall

    Grass Snake, recently shed skin ©R.Winnall

  • Grass Snake, newly sloughed ©R.Winnall

    Grass Snake, newly sloughed ©R.Winnall

  • Grass Snake head ©R.Winnall

    Grass Snake head ©R.Winnall

  • Grass Snake (refugia) ©R.Winnall

    Grass Snake (refugia) ©R.Winnall

  • Grass Snake (refugia) ©R.Winnall

    Grass Snake (refugia) ©R.Winnall

  • Grass Snakes (refugia) ©R.Winnall

    Grass Snakes (refugia) ©R.Winnall

  • Grass Snake swimming in garden pond ©R.Winnall

    Grass Snake swimming in garden pond ©R.Winnall

Grass Snakes (Natrix natrix)

The Grass or Ringed Snake is the UK’s largest snake and they can still be found in Wyre, particularly near ponds and streams. They emerge from hibernation in March or April and mate in April or May. It is not easily to distinguish between the sexes, although the female grows longer than the male. Thy can live for 15 years.

They are good swimmers and have been observed swimming across the River Severn above Bewdley. They feed on young frogs and toads, newts and fish. The female sheds (sloughs) her skin before she lays between 5 and 40 eggs in a warm place such as a compost heap. These hatch between August and October prior to hibernation.

Published 29th August 2011 at 10:16 pm