Archive of: Reptiles

  • The Great British Snake Off

    29 March 2022

    The Great British Snake Off

    Snakes are often thought of as exotic creatures to be admired (or avoided) on holidays in hotter countries, but Britain is home to three native species of snake.

     
  • Snake in the grass

    20 August 2021

    Snake in the grass

    Michael Blencowe on the grass snake, which prefers swimming to grass and releases a pungent smell when threatened. .

     
  • Here be dragons

    18 August 2020

    Here be dragons

    If you know where to look, there are still plenty of dragons to be found in Sussex today. Granted, they are miniature dragons at just 15 cm from nose to tail but the Common Lizard is no less fearsome to its insect prey.

     
  • Dancing Adders

    17 August 2020

    Dancing Adders

    Courting Adders move in a synchronised flowing behaviour, with much tongue-flicking and tail-lashing. After mating, the male stays to guard his female and will dance with intruding males, rearing up and entwining bodies to wrestle his rival to the ground.

     
  • Species of the day: Slow-worm

    03 July 2020

    Species of the day: Slow-worm

    Both the naming and look of the Slow-worm may be confusing, for it’s neither a worm nor particularly slow in its movements; nor is it a snake - as per its superficial look.

     
  • Species of the day: Grass Snake

    27 May 2020

    Species of the day: Grass Snake

    The Grass Snake is the largest of the three British snake species and indeed our biggest terrestrial reptile

     
  • Species of the day: Common Lizard

    16 April 2020

    Species of the day: Common Lizard

    The Common or Viviparous Lizard is one of just three native Lizard species. Along with the leg-less Slow-Worm it’s the other you’re most likely to see

     
  • The Common Lizard

    28 April 2019

    The Common Lizard

    If you know where to look, there are still plenty of ‘dragons’ to be found in Sussex today…

     
  • Slow worm

    25 August 2017

    Slow worm

    The slow worm’s name is a bit deceptive, since it is neither slow nor a worm.

     
  • 26 June 2014

    Legless

    Author Ronnie ReedSchools Officer grass snake in pond / Alan GreyI hate to admit it but I have a strong aversion to things that slither and slide. Ever since I was child

     
  • 27 April 2014

    26.04.14 Snakes and Lizards at South Malling

    As part of the DownTown Lewes project we're holding a number of events over the next few months celebrating the wildlife that can be found around the town.Today reptile expert Barry Kemp of the Sussex Amphibian and Reptile Group (SARG) gave a talk about snakes, lizards, frogs, toads and newts

     
  • 02 April 2014

    02.04.14 Lounge lizard

    From Sarah Rideout:"Common Lizard out sun basking near the community allotment pond. We've also seen a few very small young lizards lurking under the leaf bags."