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    Posted: 16 Apr 2003 at 12:59pm

today i saw what i believe to be a grass snake, in my garden, but it was only little and i didn't get a proper look. as my garden is quite large is it likely that there will be others around here, and if so what should i do to protect tham from harm if i come across any others?

any info would be aprreciated

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Hi Chris,

There are 2 main things that will help to protect Grass Snakes in Gardens.

1) Don't keep the garden too tidy, they love things like open compost heaps and plenty of cover. (They also use compost heaps as egg laying sights)

2) If you have a mown lawn, let some areas grow near where you saw the snake, but keep the rest very short from March to October, this makes it less likely that Grass Snakes will hide in the mown areas and be caught by the mower.

 

Froglife produce 2 advice sheets for Grass Snakes in gardens,

Advice sheet 2 - Snakes Need Friends, which is downloadable as a pdf file from:

http://www.froglife.fsnet.co.uk/PDF/AS2.pdf

Advice sheet 6 - Conserving Grass Snakes

available from froglife at:

Froglife, Mansion House, 27-28 Market Place, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8AY, England. 

Tel: 01986 873733, fax: 01986 874744, e-mail: froglife@froglife.org

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thanks

i have got a compost heap and lots of possible cover.

i will keep an eye out for them.

 

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is there a river near your garden?
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Grass Snakes often hunt in rivers and other bodies of water for their favourite food, Frogs.
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but they don't spend all of their time next to or in water, they are a lot
less aquatic in fact then their cousin the viperine snake
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