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Smooth Snake
 

Female

A slender snake similar to the Adder but much more lightly built. This snake is relatively cylindrical in cross section, with an indistinct neck and narrow head.

Colour shows a high degree of variation with the background colour being a fairly uniform grey, brown or, occasionally orange. Markings consist of dark spots running down the back and sides, typically with a twin line of paired spots running down the middle of the back.

Male

The ventral surface can be grey, red, orange or black and may be mottled. There is almost always an eye stripe that runs onto the side of the neck. Unlike the adder, the smooth snake has round pupils and smooth scales which give it its common name. Males have longer and broader tails.
 

 

The smooth snake is different to the touch as its scales lack keels. It has a smaller head and lacks the distinctive dorsal zigzag like the Adder. The species was only discovered in 1853 and is now confined to Dorset, Hampshire and Surrey heathlands.

Birds Beasts Serpents Pigs Chickens Ducks Cattle Dogs Smooth Snake Adder Grass Snake Sand Lizard Slow Worm Viviparous Lizard Newt Red Squirrel


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