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Identify this snake please?!?

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Topic: Identify this snake please?!?
Posted By: Lilmez
Subject: Identify this snake please?!?
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2017 at 8:08pm
Hi all...

Was out walking my dog today when I came across
This snake!

Was pretty shocked, it was in the verge
By a hedge....

I went and got my partner and we think after research it's
A grass snake? Or adder?

When we returned the snake was actually dead....😕

Here's a picture

Posted By: Iowarth
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2017 at 8:16am
hi there

this is a grass snake. I can see no signs of injury (although younger eyes than mine might!) so it may actually be feigning death - something grass snakes are very good at. As against this I note there was a period of time between first and second timing which suggests, sadly, that it really was dead.

all the best

Chris Davis, Site Administrator

Co-ordinator, Sand Lizard Captive Breeding Programme (RETIRED)

Posted By: PondDragon
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2017 at 4:46pm
Looks pretty dead to me. Perhaps the victim of a human or dog attack, or maybe a car if it was on the roadside (doesn't look squashed though).

Hard to see the size but head looks quite broad so presumably a female - possibly travelling in search of an egg-laying site at this time of year.

Posted By: Lilmez
Date Posted: 20 Jun 2017 at 12:47pm
Thanks for your reply.
Sadly it was dead as I walked past it again 24hours after this post!

Posted By: Lilmez
Date Posted: 20 Jun 2017 at 12:48pm
Also I couldn't see any obvious signs of injury either 😕

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