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grenouillaire
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Posted: 23 Jul 2008

Hello Hello to one and all.  Im new to this site and apart from an enduring childhood curiosity, happily admit I know very little about snakes, lizards etc and therefore will need some guidance !  Below are a couple of pictures taken recently of what I now know (this site) to be a smooth snake.  I have lots of these where I live in France along with grass snakes,  slow worms and apparently adders (though Ive yet to see one.  There are also wall lizards and green lizards.  All in all quite a collection.

 

I understand that in France the smoothies are generally rarer then either grass snakes or adders and it strikes me this could, to some extent be down to a widespread ignorance.  I showed my picture to a local friend, who immediately (wrongly) identified it as une vipere rouge and said I should  kill it for the sake of my two young daughters.  I have obviously passed on my newly gained knowledge  but if anyone has a photo of said viper Id love to see it !!!

 

One other question, I read a post about a bad reaction to a smooth snake bite, should I try and handle these smooth snakes and if so how would wearing gloves make any difference to me or the snake ? 

 

Any help or advice greatly appreciated

 


AB
AGILIS
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Posted: 23 Jul 2008
HI Andy" NICE TO SEE A FRENCH SMOOTHIE.what part of france did you find them regards Keith        AGILIS39652.3594212963
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grenouillaire
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Posted: 23 Jul 2008

Hi Keith

 

Geographically were right in the Centre.  About 200kms due south of Paris near a place called La Chatre.

 

On a micro scale in my workshop !  Theres two or more in there everyday warming themselves under the roof slates.  They make great photographic models just not sure how close to get !  I did see a 3ft + grass snake in there last year right along side one of the smoothies.

 

Regards


AB
Caleb
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Posted: 24 Jul 2008
Did you see these ones recently? I was in & around La Chatre only last week (for the St. Chartier festival)- the only reptiles I got to see were wall lizards.


grenouillaire
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Posted: 24 Jul 2008

Hi Caleb

 

Yeah weve got loads of those too !  Would the smoothies eat them ? 

 

The answer to your question is yes I feel privileged to say that I can see them whenever I want (almost) by that I mean if its a sunny day I know theyll be there by about 2pm and gone by about 6pm almost everyday.

 

Any plans to come by this way again anytime soon Id be happy to share them with you and be able to pick your brains on whats good for them and whats not.

 

As an aside we also have the bigger green lizards with the blue throat but only see them rarely any ideas on what I can do to encourage them as well ?

 

Regards


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Posted: 25 Jul 2008
Hi Andrew,

To reply to your question....

Smooth snakes have a bit of a reputation for chewing on your hand, but in reality, if handled gently, and allowed to move freely around your fingers, they rarely bite. (They may get a bit grumpy after a few minutes though).

I find it best to support the snake using one hand only, as if they do bite, they sometime do a full-on strike with jaws very wide open. This doesn't hurt, but it can be a shock.

If you are holding the snake (gripping) in two hands and you jump...it won't do the snake any good! - clearly ensure the snake is well supported, but this is easy with one hand.

I've not personally had any reaction to a bite....but I am very rarely bitten.

To be honest, I wouldn't handle the snakes unless necessary, as it can only stress the animal.

As for Wall lizards...yep the Smoothie will definitely predate them given even half a chance.

Steve

Steve Langham - Chairman    
Surrey Amphibian & Reptile Group (SARG).

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