Last modified: 16 August 2013
One of the young Londoners discovering the Capital's natural residents
Image: Heidi Mansell
Urban snakes are not as common as say pigeons or squirrels, but they do live in London and are as much a part of the Capital's wildlife as bats, stag beetles and hedgehogs.
The UK traditionally has only three types of real snake, the cute ones are grass snakes, the biting ones with scary-eyes are adders, sometimes called vipers, and the rarely seen smooth snake makes three. We have harmless slow worms too, but these are lizards without legs.
As part of its community program, our Wild About Hampstead Heath partnership project runs a series of discovery trails, and one of the most recent went in search of newly hatched grass snakes.
"It was sick!" The excited and brief feedback of the event from the Sayer brothers.
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