Hi- Hope you can assist us. My wife saw this snake (- approx.60cm long) on the edge of our 'vegetable patch' where we have some untamed grass. It played dead for several minutes, and then moved away rather slowly. It had a forked fang that came out as it moved off. We have many frogs (our pond is only 10m away) and we have already had a nasty surprise when we lifted the lid on our compost bin, 40m away, to find 2-3 snakes basking on the top of the rotting vegetation - (now THAT was one of our 'F' moments in gardening!).
I'm sure all the experts wil be screaming "It's a grass snake, Dumbo", but although the pic shows no evidence of the adder markings, it also does not show any yellow-ish collar, so I am a little worried. Our 3 year old boy has, until now, been able to play around with his JCB digger in the veg patch. So is this a grass snake? Or should we be worried more?
It's not a snake it's a Lizard, a Slow Worm to be exact, a legless lizard and it's totally harmless. I carried one around in my pocket as a child. The forked "Fang" was its tongue. Beautiful animals. You're so lucky to have one in your garden as it eats Slugs and Snails.