Find out the Snakes and Lizards Could Be Hiding in Your GardenApril 1, 2019
Last modified: April 3, 2019Our outdoor experts have revealed the different snakes and lizards that can be found in the UK gardens. Watch out! Some of them might be hiding in your garden.
Most of the Brits believe that snakes and lizards can only be found in the tropics and zoos. Some think that they are one of the eccentric indoor pets.
However, little did they know that there are many wild reptiles that can be found in the UK. Some of them could be hiding in your backyard right now.
Our outdoor experts have revealed the different snakes and lizards that can be found in the UK gardens. With spring in full bloom, Brits have been urged to look out for reptiles that call the UK home such as:
- Grass snakes
- Slow worms
- Sand lizards
Our specialists have also highlighted information including where they commonly reside, what to do in the event of a bite and what they look like. If you’re one of the people who have herpetophobia, then you might look away now.
For the victims of a snake bite, here are the guidelines that the NHS guidance recommends:
- To remain calm and steady
- To try remembering the description of the snake
- They must keep the bitten part of the body as stock-still as possible. This helps stop the venom from spreading and minimise any swelling.
- Avoid applying ice, heat or chemicals
- Victims must avoid using makeshift tourniquets
- Diall 999 to seek immediate medical attention
List of Seven Wild Snakes and Lizards Found in the UK
1. Viper (Adder)
The common European viper is also known as adders. They can be found right across the UK mainland.
Did you know that they’re about two foot long and has a venomous bite? They are known to be quite shy and reclusive. However, the could bite your ankles or feet in self-defence if they’re being disturbed.
So make sure to keep an eye of them! They could also bite your hands and if they’re being picked up.
According to our sources, nobody has died from the adder venom in Britain for several decades. Even so, their bites are commonly reported as the weather starts improving, they come out of winter hibernation.
A viper bite can cause the pets from swelling, dizziness, nausea or potential allergic reaction. The bite can also cause the risk of severe consequences to children and the elderly.
2. Smooth Snake
Even though the smooth snakes are most likely to be found in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey or West Sussex, they are in fact comparably rare. In addition, they are also cautious but they can be distinguished by their thinner body, less well-formed scale pattern and lack of venom.
Smooth snakes are closely resembling the adder ones.
3. Grass Snake
Grass snakes are also known as ringed or water snakes. This kind of snake usually favours habitats that are close to sources of water.
With that being said, they can swim well and they feed mainly on amphibians. Moreover, they are common throughout England and Wales.
In fact, this non-venomous snake can reach a length of over four foot and it is the largest snake native to Britain.
4. Aesculapian Snake
Did you know that there are two populations of Aesculapians existing in the UK even though their range is naturally confined to southern Europe? Aesculapian snakes can be found in London or North Wales neighbourhoods.
They feed on rodents like rats and they’re not also venomous.
5. Slow Worm
Slow worms make look like snakes and act like one, but they’re considered as one of the native legless lizard types. Snakes don’t have eyelids as lizards do, so they can be easily spotted when they blink. Their colours vary from grey to brown to bronze.
In addition, they are less withdrawn than the British snake species. Also, slow worms can frequently be found in the back gardens up and down the UK.
6. Sand Lizard
Sand lizards extinction may be rare, but they can be found near the coast across the country. They are legally protected as a threatened species under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.
They are the only egg-laying lizards in the UK and they can be seen during the summer months. However, they will shelter underground at night and during winter time.
7. Viviparous Lizard
Viviparous lizards can be seen in a range of colours from greens and greys to oranges and yellows. This kind of lizard is considered to be a non-reptile one which gives birth to its live young in every part of the UK and Ireland.
They feed on small insects and spiders, and they get hibernated during the colder months.