7th April 2016

Reptiles emerge from winter hibernation over these few weeks. Grass snakes still need to warm up every day before their cold blooded systems are energised. This young Grass Snake, darker than average but easy to identify from the yellow band at the back of the neck, warmed up every morning, down South,under a wooden sheet laid on the ground, before setting off to hunt tadpoles, frogs and insects around and in the nearby pond. Snakes spend the first few days following hibernation near their ‘hibernaculum’ or hibernating place. They themselves may be eaten by Hedgehogs, Weasels and Herons. Conditions: A mainly cloudy day with sunny spells and showers, including hailstones. Temperature: Max 11- Min 6c.IMG_9508

I was able to continue photographing it as it grew

I was able to continue photographing it as it grew

Head of young Grass Snake

Head of young Grass Snake

Young, darker than average, Grass Snake

Young, darker than average, Grass Snake

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