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    Posted: 04 Jul 2008 at 3:15am

 

Hi all,

attched is a pic of this years hatchling - it measured 152mm and is a male. Now even if it hatched yesterday 3rd july, take off 70 days for incubation (approx) and sixty five days for gravid period, that means that a mating must have happened around the 15th or so of February! I remember Alans post saying a grassie sighting on the 8th of February, so that must mean almost as soon as they emerge, they're at it! Enjoy this little fella, aint he cute!

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Blimey that's early!

I've seen very two very small Nn under tins at work during the last week, which confused me greatly, as I assumed it was much too early in the season.

Is this year's juves the only likely explanation ?
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I saw a few tiny neonates yesterday

Previous studies have shown autumn mating in grass snakes, also delayed fertilisation and spring hatchings have been observed in Europe.

That could explain it!



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Steve /Mark,

Yeah, I must admit I thought it was a bit early as well. Maybe they do over-winter in the egg. Wouldn't that be amazing if that were the case. I can't remember, did we have a hot period in Febrauary?

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Ah those were the days...

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