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Posted: 23 Jul 2008 Topic: French smoothies



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

 




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Posted: 23 Jul 2008 Topic: French smoothies



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.

 

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Posted: 24 Jul 2008 Topic: French smoothies



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 ?

 

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Posted: 31 Jul 2008 Topic: Habitat photoes wanted



 

Hi Hans

I can send you as many photos as you wish (taken around my house and garden in France) where we appear to have a thriving colony of smooth snakes.  I have identified 3 individuals in the last two weeks - two seen at the same time.  These have all been seen in my workshop (see photos under 'French smoothies') - i haven't actually been out looking for snakes - they found me !!!  Let me know if i can help ?

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Posted: 07 Aug 2008 Topic: Wall Lizard Locations in France



 

Hi Nina

Two questions ?

Have you left yet ?

Are you restricted to Brittany and Normandy?

I live a bit further south in the Centre and we have hundreds of lizards in and around the house including (occaisionally) the big green ones with the blue throat.  you're more than welcome to visit. is your interest curiosity based or more scientific ?

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Posted: 10 Aug 2008 Topic: Lacerta



Finally got to photograph my Green Lizards.  But my total lack of knowledge is again leaving me slightly confused.  How can i tell if I'm looking at Bilineata or Viridis or are they (as some websites suggest) one and the same ?

Not the best photos for I D but this fellow wasn't too keen on staying still !!!

 




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Posted: 11 Aug 2008 Topic: Lacerta



 

Hi Axel

Thanks for that. 

Bilineata it is then (taken in France) - what it is to be in possession of a little bit of knowledge.  One other question then - what do these guys eat ?

 




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Posted: 14 Aug 2008 Topic: Lacerta



 

Thanks for your post David

As you can tell I'm a bit new to all this and coming across many species that I have never seen before.  Below is a photo of (maybe) said lizard's lunch then !!!  At about 7cms+ would they be a bit big ?

I'm keen to encourage the reptile population (and any other wildlife for that matter) so any input that I can gain so much the better.




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Posted: 01 Sep 2008 Topic: Definitely something missing



 

Autumn has arrived and so I was out raking up leaves yesterday when out from under them came this baby smoothie.  I called my wife to grab the camera, took some pics and let it on its way.  Only after downloading did I notice the glaring omission.

 

(Gemma) Ive seen under the Polish Adders topic that this can occur through injury or problems at sloughing but this little fellow appears to just be missing the eye.  At about 20cms am I right in thinking he (she ?) is probably this years progeny and if so would any injury incurred have had time to heal ?     I suppose the only other alternative is a birth defect small local population perhaps in-breeding ?

 

Thoughts as usual greatly appreciated

 




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Posted: 29 Apr 2009 Topic: Green Lizards - again



Hello to everyone - like the reptiles themselves I've decided to come out of hibernation !!!

Actually I've been forced out by my wife who has insisted I post this photo (which she took this afternoon) as it is our first sighting of a 'greenie' this year.

One question though - I assumed from the width/breadth that this was an egg-bound female, I read from other posts that it's usually the male that has the blue under the throat - any suggestions?

As an aside we have found eggs laid in the same flowerbed this picture shows - do they usually come back to lay in the same spot?

Thanks

 




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