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Epping Forest - Bluebells & Grass Snakes

2016.05.09
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The grass snake is the largest species of British snake, and is identified by its olive green body and darkish spots or streaks on the flanks.
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Bluebells & grass snakes.
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Chalet Wood - Wanstead Park.
I took over 1000 shots of these bluebells and couldn't really capture the natural beauty.
I'll try again next year :^)
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The grass snake has become gradually scarcer over recent years throughout the UK, and has been added to the list of priority species for conservation. It is also protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and the Bern Convention.
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Common Lizard - Epping Forest.
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Often confused with the Adder (Vipera berus) the Grass Snake is a non-venomous and harmless creature.
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You can find me on flickr - www.flickr.com/photos/merrychrismoss
or through my Facebook Page - Wildlife Photography by Christian Moss
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Grass Snakes mate and lay between ten and 40 eggs in Spring and incubate them in their burrows for around 10-12 weeks, once hatched the little snakes head off on their own with many becoming lunch for a wide range of animals, very few making it through to adult life.
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The bluebells of Chalet Wood - Wanstead Park.
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If you spot any amphibians or reptiles in the UK please submit your record online via the Record Pool.
www.arguk.org/recording
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Roe deer - Surrey
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Grass Snakes typically emerge from hibernation in March or April and spend the first few days close to the hibernaculum. They will then move away in search of food and a mate, with mating itself taking place in April or May.
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Fox
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To see a grass snake you either have to get lucky or be very patient and very quiet around their natural habitat.
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Scruffy looking fox
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Grass snakes are often found in areas where there are ponds, lakes or slow running rivers where frogs and toads live. Grass snakes are strong swimmers so can easily move through the water looking for prey, sometimes taking small fish or even the odd small mammal if their first choice isn’t on the menu.
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Destruction of such habitats in people’s gardens is another reason why Grass Snakes, as well as other traditional British animals are on the decline.
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7 Comments
marilynx That first fox looks fat and healthy. Beautiful coat.
A lovely series as always.
We don't seem to have bluebell woods in France!
marilynx · 2016-05-09: 08:26
yellodog Fantastic.
yellodog · 2016-05-09: 15:09
pcmcgarry What a great walk with you mossy, your reptile shots make my day.
pcmcgarry · 2016-05-09: 15:47
GoBlues Wonderful captures!!!
GoBlues · 2016-05-09: 22:05
delightfulpink Stunning!!!
delightfulpink · 2016-05-12: 09:13
JustmeG You are truly blessed to have gotten such great shots of foxes! they are on my bucket list....and I love the stunning shots of bluebells, but now you've made me paranoid of snakes roaming them! hahahhahaha....the owl shot is my second favorite of this wonderful set ;)
JustmeG · 2016-05-12: 12:55
dogydad2 Fabulous series!
dogydad2 · 2016-05-16: 15:00
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