Grass Snake

Natrix helvetica

A common garden visitor and often found in and around ponds, the Grass Snake is Kent’s largest reptile.


It is easily recognisable as it has a bright yellow collar and can often reach a metre in length.  Males and females can be difficult to tell apart but males have longer, more gently tapering tails. Unlike other reptiles in Kent, the Grass Snake is more often found in low lying, damp areas where pond density is at its highest.

The snake has a large home range and will often move several kilometres to feed, find a mate or egg laying site or to find somewhere to hibernate.

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