Britain’s rarest native reptile… the smooth snake

Wow. Just… Wow! All my life I’ve been fascinated by and drawn to snakes – I love them. I didn’t think much could top seeing an adder for the first time, but seeing not one but two smooth snakes today certainly did. The smooth snake, Coronella austriaca, is our rarest native reptile, a heathland specialist found only in the southern counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. You can read all about them here.

In the last week, I have seen five out of our six native reptiles… I feel very lucky indeed!

juvenile smooth snake. check out those eyes!

juvenile coiled up

adult smooth snake. daughter’s feet (size 5!) included for scale.

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