E.J.Wilkins

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Smooth Snake

I spotted this little snake on an area of heathland in Hampshire early last summer.

This is a Smooth Snake - Coronella austriaca - a rare and protected species. It is illegal to kill, injure or capture these snakes; it is illegal to disturb them in any way or to destroy their habitat.

These snakes are not poisonous, they are constrictors, they kill their prey by wrapping their body tightly round it.

This one measured about a foot, 30 centimetres, in length.

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Smooth Snake

I spotted this little snake on an area of heathland in Hampshire early last summer.

This is a Smooth Snake - Coronella austriaca - a rare and protected species. It is illegal to kill, injure or capture these snakes; it is illegal to disturb them in any way or to destroy their habitat.

These snakes are not poisonous, they are constrictors, they kill their prey by wrapping their body tightly round it.

This one measured about a foot, 30 centimetres, in length.

.....

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (19)

  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 26 Apr 2007, 00:31
Oooooh, a snake! What with St Patrick and all that, we don't have any here in Ireland (or so the myth says).
EJWilkins: Yes, that's the legend isn't it? So you'll have to travel a long way to see any of these. smile
sorry Hampshire in what country exactly..... bravely done...sorry I don't care if it friendly I don't do snake...
EJWilkins: In the south of England Yeni, opposite the Isle of Wight. smile
I know some US states have a "Hampshire County", but I don't think they have this species of snake there.
  • Kay
  • Portland, OR, city of bridges
  • 26 Apr 2007, 02:20
Hi Ellie,
Nice shot of the snake. Looks like he's checking out the scene. I'm glad it was not a rattler! I've seen too many of those in my lifetime. wink
EJWilkins: Thanks Kay smile This was the first time I'd ever seen one of these. I thought I was lucky, more especially because they are so rare.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Apr 2007, 03:36
Very nice picture of a pretty snake. I hope you didn't break any laws in the taking of the picture. [grin]
EJWilkins: No Ray, I'm lucky I didn't break any laws. For people to go searching for snakes to photograph they need a license and have to follow a strict code of practice, but if you just happen to find one like this ... which was on a track ... there's no problem. smile
Very well captured
EJWilkins: Thanks Anup smile
  • Steve
  • Deepest Surrey
  • 26 Apr 2007, 07:23
Nice shot Ellie and informative as always. I've never seen one of these.
EJWilkins: Me neither Steve, until the day I saw this one, they're very rare. Thanks smile
  • paul
  • 26 Apr 2007, 08:07
great capture Ellie. You were lucky to see him and even luckier to have your camera at the ready to grab such a good pic
EJWilkins: I was lucky, perhaps I'll see another one this year and be able to get a better/closer picture smile
nature at its purest form
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Apr 2007, 13:49
You have snakes of the reptilian kind in the UK! Didn't know that - for some reason I always thought places that can get very cold will not really have snakes. Or if the place has been inhabited by humans for so long those that were there are goners by now. Are there poisonous snakes in England?

Great close-up picture.
EJWilkins: Thanks Louis smile You'll see another one tomorrow.

There are only three native UK species of snake. The Smooth Snake which is very rare; the Adder/Viper ... which is the only poisonous one; the Grass Snake which can be about a yard (or metre) long. There's a link at the top of the page, here's another one to a different site ...
http://www.threadnaught.net/~caleb/ukserpen.html
Just the other weekend I watched a snake hunt in a small pond around here. It was quite something to see (and I'll post a picture of it when I get around to it). They are interesting creatures and it is good to see that they are still around in GB.
EJWilkins: I've only ever seen a few in the wild, although I've seen them at reptile centres, I think they're rather wonderful creatures.
It'll be good to see pictures of some you've seen. Why were they hunting them?
Ahh! I hate snakes! I think Ellie is trying to give me a heart attack! I don't think I'd be caught anywhere near that thing with a cameara -- give me lions and tigers and bears anyday! You're brave! Well framed up on the thrids and all though : )

Are you still enjoying your E-400? smile
EJWilkins: Oops, sorry Iain, better not look here tomorrow then because there's another one. smile
Yes, still delighted with the Olympus thanks. This picture was taken last year, before I'd got it.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 26 Apr 2007, 14:47
You would be very proud of me, Ellie, to know I used to have a phobia for snakes but now I can actually look at your pic! grin

I'm very glad to know it's only a foot long (the pic makes him seem much larger) and that's it's illegal to disturb him in any way. You'll never have to worry about me gettig too close, except for your pic. Even I have to admit that snakes are very beautiful, if you can get past the phobia. smile Bravo for you being able to capture him.
EJWilkins: I am proud of you Ginnie, I know the feeling but for me it's pictures of spiders, although I'll happily look at them in the wild.

I'd better warn you that there's another snake picture tomorrow. You don't need to visit if it makes you uncomfortable smile
Very well done and interresting comment too, I don't know why but I shouldn't try to be sure it is not dangerous smile smile smile
EJWilkins: Honestly, it isn't dangerous to people. smile They wrap themselves round their prey, it'd be hard for something that small to hurt a huge thing like a human.
Good catch Ellie, you might find some more this weekend wink
EJWilkins: That'd be good, but I somehow doubt it because they'll scurry off into the nearest cover when they hear a load of people moving towards them. I'd doubt we'll see any deer either. smile
Great capture of this rare snake smile
I am not all realxed with snakes, but agree with all a wonderful capture, especially since they are so rare. Here in Suriname we have lot's of snakes, and they are not that rare, if you are not so lucky, you can have one in the kitchen anyday out of the garden.

Liked your "Say hello suggestion in the forums!!

PS. and I visited your VFXY today, actually you are on my VFXY favorites list
Beautiful snake. Nice job of getting him Ellie!
Wow, Is a good capture. That it distances had between you and the serpent? There was some protection?
I wouldn't get a good photo of a snake unless I had a really good zoom lens. wink They give me the heebie-jeebies up close, but I don't mind looking at a picture.

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