The Council do not offer a service to treat for Snakes
There are 3 types of snake that might be seen in the Borough.
- Are not poisonous, although they may hiss and strike out if disturbed.
- Completely harmless to man.
- Olive green with dark spots on the sides and back, white and black scales on the belly and a cream or yellow collar.
- Largest British snake usually measuring about 4 feet long.
- Mainly live in woodland but can often be found in parks and gardens.
- Can sometimes be seen lying in water on very sunny days.
- Feed mainly on frogs, toads and fish.
- Hibernate in the autumn and do not appear until spring.
- Mate in May and lay their eggs in June or July.
- Lay their eggs in warm, moist, rotting vegetation such as garden compost heaps.
Adder or Viper
- Britain's only poisonous snake.
- Easily recognised by the dark joined up diamond pattern down its back. Body is usually grey or brown but there are several different colour types.
- Males grow to about 18inches long and females to 2 feet.
- Eat small animals, nesting birds, eggs, lizards, young frogs and toads.
- Mating takes place in April and early May and the live young are born in August/September.
- Reluctant to bite unless harmed and generally avoid humans.
- Adder bites are not often fatal, however, bites can be more serious in children than in adults.
- If you see an Adder you should leave it alone.
- Actually a lizard without legs.
- Completely harmless and eat slugs which is why they can often be found in gardens.
- Young slow worms are pale gold and adults are grey, brown or bronze. There is also a blue spotted variety.
- Grow to about 12 inches long.
In the unlikely event of being bitten by an adder you should:
- Try to keep the patient calm and stop them from moving the affected part of the body, if possible.
- Take the patient as quickly as possible to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Do not try to suck out the poison or attempt any treatment yourself.
Advice to Customers
- If you see a snake leave it alone. Snakes regularly get trapped in netting over garden ponds and can drown if not released. If you see a trapped or injured snake please call the RSPCA.
- If you see a snake that you think is not native to the UK call the RSPCA for advice. Try to stop it from escaping by placing a bucket or bin over it and weighing it down but only if you can do so safely.
RSPCA Advice Line on 0300 1234 555
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188