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Brown Snake at Rausham

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Topic: Brown Snake at Rausham
Posted By: phuffman
Subject: Brown Snake at Rausham
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2003 at 5:10am

Is anyone familiar with a snake of the following description?  I nearly stepped on it in a small grove of pines at Rausham in late July.

Solid medium brown in color, one inch wide for most of its length, approximately 12 to 16 inches long, distinct head that is wider than its body, 2 yellow and white spots atop front of head (like eyes), serpentine locomotion.

Any clues would help greatly.  Thank you!

-- Paige

Posted By: administrator
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2003 at 10:49am

Sounds like a young grass snake. Have a look on the identification page and let us know if this was it  (They range from browns, olive browns to green to occassionally almost black) -

Posted By: phuffman
Date Posted: 20 Aug 2003 at 1:37am
Yes, I already did check the ID page, but no images came close to what I saw.

-- Paige

Posted By: test2
Date Posted: 23 Aug 2003 at 1:08am

Can you clarify where Rausham is please?

Posted By: phuffman
Date Posted: 04 Sep 2003 at 6:02am

Please pardon me.  I orginally misspelled its name.  Following is the correct name and location.  Sincerely, Paige

Rousham Park House and Garden
nr Steeple Aston
Tel: +44 (0)1869 347 110
Fax: +44 (0)1869 347 110

-- Paige

Posted By: administrator
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2003 at 11:47am

Hi Phuffman,

The staff at Rousham Park report seeing 2 or 3 grass snakes each year, so they are found in the area.

It is always possible that it was an escaped pet, identification of which would be difficult without photographic evidence.

Posted By: phuffman
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2003 at 3:15pm

Thank you so much for your help!



-- Paige

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