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Joined: 29 Jan 2010
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View other posts by ronalddarbi
Posted: 02 Feb 2010

Smooth snakes are constrictors - they wrap their coils tightly around their prey and then swallow them live and whole. They are non-venomous and harmless to humans.

Smooth snakes live in dry, sunny areas including scree slopes, embankments, heathland, hedgerows and open woodland.

They hunt by advancing slowly forward and then making a rapid strike, often subduing their prey by constriction. Smooth snakes are quite aggressive and feed mostly on lizards and other snakes (almost of their own size), although they will also eat rodents, earthworms, spiders and insects.

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David Bird
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Joined: 17 Feb 2003
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Posted: 04 Feb 2010
A bit general perhaps across Europe , but the population in the U.K. are much more specialised from what I have seen and read.
British Herpetological Society Librarian and member of B.H.S Conservation Committee. Self employed Herpetological Consultant and Field Worker.

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