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    Posted: 25 Aug 2007 at 7:54pm
Just a quick note to confirm that there is indeed an Aesculapian snake colony present in central London...not far from London Zoo.

One was found and photographed by four RAUK members last weekend, following news of a recent capture in the area. I'll let Rick add more detail and pics in this thread.
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What fresh lunacy is this?! More info would be greatly appreciated!  
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See the thread intitled 'The Camden Creature'.


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BTW Steve

How big was the one you found? The one I found was about a metre long, although my mate Ron thought it was more like 6 foot!

p.s. Good to have y'all back.

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Rehi...

I'll nudge Rick to add some further details, it was his find

The snake was probably a sub-adult male, measuring almost exactly 2 ft. Some of the folks present have better pictures, but here's one that gives an indication of size.

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Should've let me know about this, I would've liked to gone with you all and find them.

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Its near the Zoo eh

I would like to have details of that if that is possible through pm

Any chance of further surveys?

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Check this beauty out - Essex (not from a colony though)

 

 

 

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HI Steve & Rick well found and good picture was it near the canal embankment  & did it bite you? keith

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Welcome back everyone!

I'm a bit slow off the mark on this one after 3 days camping in the woods on the North Downs Way. 

The snake was was indeed found close to the canal embankment and Keith, yes, the first thing it did was sink it's teeth in to me!  This along with the fact it was in exactly the same spot as another recent Aesculapian sighting, led me to believe it was not a funny looking Grass Snake with a really bad temper!

These 2 recent sightings of juveniles does not prove scientifically there is a breeeding population there, though it points in that direction more precisely than if an adult snake had been found.  I have no idea of how many there are:  but it only took 10 - 15 minutes to locate this specimen.

 

 

 

 

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Anyone up for a little trip to find some more? I have 2 weeks off in September so I'm available quite a bit.

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