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plumseverywhere

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Worcestershire
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Grass snakes and compost info pls!
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:30:11 am »
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Yesterday the cat and dog found the snake in the picture near our compost pit.   I'm wondering if this means there are loads more in there and now I don't know if I can dig in there (ok, I'm a bit scared of spearing one with a fork...)
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Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: Grass snakes and compost info pls!
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2014, 09:33:13 am »
Probably!  We had a loving couple in our old bins one season, they seem to like the warmth and shelter to have baby grass snakes - and who can blame them?  We left them to it.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Grass snakes and compost info pls!
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2014, 09:41:00 am »
Compost bins are great places for grass snakes to breed :)

I disturbed a 5' one once, when WWOOFing in Somerset.  I was working with a Kiwi WWOOFer; she was incredibly impressed at my handling it!  lol.  We only have three snakes and I knew it wasn't the poisonous one!

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suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Grass snakes and compost info pls!
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2014, 11:01:26 am »
I'm rather hoping that our compost heaps and pond will attract them here. My brother suggested putting a sheet of wriggly tin near the pond as they like to lie under that apparently. I check occasionally but haven't seen anything.
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plumseverywhere

  • Joined Apr 2013
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Re: Grass snakes and compost info pls!
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2014, 11:49:23 am »
It was really exciting (especially for the children) to find it yesterday. First time we've seen one in the garden and it was very beautiful...
When will I be safe to dig again do you think? am really mindful of hurting them.
Smallholding in Worcestershire, making goats milk soap for www.itsbaaathtime.com and mum to 4 girls,  goats, sheep, chickens, dog, cat and garden snails...

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Grass snakes and compost info pls!
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2014, 12:51:45 pm »

That's so beautiful  :love:  I'm afraid I can't help with your question as I know nothing about them, but there's bound to be plenty on Wiki and other places.
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