Grass Snake

Natrix helvetica (Lacépède, 1789)

The UK's largest snake, grass snakes prefer wetland habitats but can often be found in grassland or woodland where there is a pond nearby. They are grey-brown, with a distinct black and yellow collar, black markings down the side of the body and a pale underbelly. Eggs are laid in a sheltered location, usually within rotting vegetation or compost.

Grass Snake

Identification

The UK's largest snake, grass snakes prefer wetland habitats but can often be found in grassland or woodland where there is a pond nearby. They are grey-brown, with a distinct black and yellow collar, black markings down the side of the body and a pale underbelly. Eggs are laid in a sheltered location, usually within rotting vegetation or compost.

FAMILY

Colubridae

LATIN NAME

Natrix helvetica

TYPE

Reptiles

Widespread in England and Wales.

Farmland, Grassland, Wetlands, Woodland

Amphibians and small mammals and birds.

They can be seen from spring to autumn, and are most often spotted in the morning as they bask in the sun to warm up. Grass snakes hibernate in warm and humid sites from October to April.

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
LENGTH (CM)

90 - 150

WEIGHT (G)

240

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

15 - 25 years

iucn Status
lc

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