The Council do not offer a service to treat for Snakes

There are 3 types of snake that might be seen in the Borough.

Grass Snake

  • 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.

Slow Worms

  • 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.

Snake Bites

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.

Contact Numbers

RSPCA Advice Line on 0300 1234 555
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust onĀ 01773 881188

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