27th April 2915

Grass Snakes were also around on the canal banks in Lincolnshire last week. We were walking along the bank in hot sunshine and I was just thinking- look out for snakes- knowing they  love basking in the sun, near water. I heard a slithering sound and looked- there was this beautiful Grass Snake moving towards the water and it then swam skilfully away across the canal. We later saw another and I thought it was doing what Grass Snakes do when cornered, which is play dead, but sadly that one, beside a lane, was dead, probably hit by a passing vehicle. Conditions: Cool, even in the bright sunshine, with cloud gathering kate afternoon and rain forecast overnight. Temperature: Max 11- Min 2c.

We disturbed this Grass Snake while walking along the Chesterfield Canal

We disturbed this Grass Snake while walking along the Chesterfield Canal

It quickly swam away to the opposite bank

It quickly swam away to the opposite bank

As well as liking to be by water, Grass Snakes eat a lot of Frogs and Toads, as well as small birds and mammals.

As well as liking to be by water, Grass Snakes eat a lot of Frogs and Toads, as well as small birds and mammals.

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