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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote frogworlduk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2008 at 4:43pm
must admit i'm not that familiar with camden apart from the market and walk up where kings reptiles used to be but i would def be up for going for a look when it's warmer. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jhanlon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Mar 2008 at 6:21pm

I'm very interested in going if others are - grateful for a PM ahead of any planned trips.

Anyone know when they are likely to emerge?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2010 at 3:28pm
Too hot for natives so I went for a walk along the Regent's Canal in London, and found the first feral Aesculapian snake which I saw three years ago; confirmed by examination of scalation.  I've not seen one before early May before now, but as it was 21degC it was certainly warm enough.  (You can see a photo of the same snake earlier in this thread).

 


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good pic Will but where was it 21degs keith

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2010 at 6:31pm
London microclimate Keith - at least 2 degC warmer than outside the capital - no doubt it helps these Italians that little bit warmer (mind you, the ones in north Wales seem to do OK, too.)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2010 at 6:59pm
This one from today, around 200m from the zoo, and last seen in the zoo grounds in May 2008; they certainly seem to move reasonable distances along the canal.  A bulge in the middle indicated a recent rodent meal.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote herpetologic2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2010 at 12:34pm
Now what would people think about any suggestion of
controlling these snakes?

Another bit of diversity in the snake fauna with beneficial
consequences - controlling the local rat or rodent
populations?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2010 at 6:07pm
The WMZ population doesn't seem to have done much harm in the decades that it's been there, and the chances of the London Zoo population spreading beyond the vicinity are very low.  In any case, I reckon the population has a low chance of survival, what with threats from inbreeding, possible collection by zoo staff and members of the public (including snake keepers ?) and natural threats.  I can't see them ending up in the same category as grey squirrels, ring-necked parakeets or even wall lizards ...
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I am venturing over to London in June/July I will have to
have a look out for these snakes

I am certain that some pathogen could be found on them
which may raise the bar....

People are thinking about controlling them....

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote herpetologic2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2010 at 9:23am
Hi David

I have heard that some people (possibly Park authorities)
are thinking of removing the snakes as they are an alien
species

Though as you seem to point out there seems to be no
reason to as there are more pressing matters with other
alien species in the UK.

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