Having failed to spot any on yesterday's mini-adventure (P is for Paddling) we popped down to Godmanchester Nature Reserve after school today to have a root around and see if we could find some snakes.
Its been a chillier day today so I hoped the warmth of the mats they like to lie under would mean that one or two were there. We were in luck. Emma was delighted to see a small grass snake, which wasn't all that delighted to see us so after a quick picture, we left it alone. As we strolled back to the car she let slip a mild disappointment at how small it was, in her mind doubtless comparing it to the mangrove snakes she saw lurking by the river in Thailand, back in February.
For some reason we don't tend to associate snakes with the UK, they seem more exotic. This is a land of damp and earthworms, but in truth there are three types found on our islands;