Epping Forest - April Amphibians & Reptiles.

by Christian Moss April. 09, 2018 1247 views
Common Lizard.

Common Lizard.

A beautiful female lizard.

Notice the lack of markings, this is referred to as a woodland morph.

Vipera Berus

Vipera Berus

A basking male adder seen on site 1.

Common Toad.

Common Toad.

Although the Common Toad is a widespread species in Britain its population is in decline. This has led to it being listed as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

Grass snake.

Grass snake.

A trio of basking grass snakes.

Grass Snakes have more predators than you might think. The list is long but it includes Herons, Buzzards, Hedgehogs and Weasels.

The Grass Snake is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Vipera Berus

Vipera Berus

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Common Toads & a cheeky frog.

Common Toads & a cheeky frog.

Common Toads usually hibernate between October and March and then breed from March onwards. Toadlets usually emerge from ponds during August.

Adult Common Toads feed on invertebrates like earthworms and snails. Toadlets feed on smaller invertebrates including aphids.

Common Lizard.

Common Lizard.

Common Lizard - Zootoca vivipara.

Grass snake.

Grass snake.

Our largest snake, the Grass Snake, particularly likes wetland habitats, but can also be found in dry grasslands and in gardens, especially those with a pond nearby.

Common Toads.

Common Toads.

Common toads of Bomb Crater Pond.
Each toad string on average contains 1,500 eggs.

Vipera Berus

Vipera Berus

Grass snake.

Grass snake.

There is a tendency for casual observers to misidentify a Grass Snake, fearing that it is actually an Adder. However, the two species (in their normal colour forms) are quite different in appearance.

I've met so many people over the years who think they have seen adders in the Loughton or High Beech areas. In most cases it was a Grass Snake.

Common Toads.

Common Toads.

Toads return to the same pond to mate and spawn every year.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Fabulous captures, as always! Thanks!

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Shane Coleman 1 year, 6 months ago

This is a great set!

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