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The Unexpected Grass Snake

Grass Snake in The Glasshouse

The Unexpected Grass Snake

If you go down to The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley Gardens for the Tropical Butterfly event, you might just spot the local grass snake who has been coming into the warmth of the tropical zone for the last few winters. It’s currently the hibernation period for our native reptiles. This clever snake has found a great place to keep warm as well as being able to keep feeding on any insects and small mammals that have also found their way into the shelter of the glasshouse.

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Natrix Natrix

Natrix Natrix

I spent the afternoon at RHS Wisley Gardens with my parents today. We had great fun hunting for wildlife, feeding the ducks, watching boats on the lake and enjoying the sunshine.

I’d set myself a challenge today, to photograph the grass snake (natrix natrix) that had evaded me earlier in the week!

It took until the end of the day, when visitors had almost all gone, before she ventured out onto her rock to soak up the sun.

I was so thrilled to get some images of her as she’s very shy. Stealth and patience has finally paid off though with this photo of her scenting the air with her tongue.

I hope to see more of her over the summer!