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Old 07-09-2010, 08:54 PM
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We do not have Grass Snakes up here in Northshire but there are plenty on a site we are working and some neonates have been basking close to site.

A cute little one

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I do like the look of grass snakes, they have great looking heads...great photo :)
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Nice shot Graeme. What's the main diet of baby grass snakes?
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Nice shot Graeme. What's the main diet of baby grass snakes?

Baby frogs, Grassies tend to hatch in June, which coincides with the transformation of tadpoles to land based froglets. (usually, unless we get stupid weather which delays everything)
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thanks, thought as much but wasn't sure grass snakes hatched that early.
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Baby frogs, Grassies tend to hatch in June, which coincides with the transformation of tadpoles to land based froglets. (usually, unless we get stupid weather which delays everything)
I always thought mid july
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I always thought mid july
I remember finding them when I was a youngster in mid-late June..............but that was a very long time ago (before anyone else says it)
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I don't know about any other part of UK but from what I've seen in S Wales hatching takes place mid/late August and into September, having been laid in June/July.
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I don't know about any other part of UK but from what I've seen in S Wales hatching takes place mid/late August and into September, having been laid in June/July.

that was the dates I was expecting TBH, so would they still feed mainly on froglets?
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that was the dates I was expecting TBH, so would they still feed mainly on froglets?
....and presumably baby newts, which tend to appear more gradually throughout the summer compared to frogs and toads which might have a shorter period when they leave the ponds.

But it would be nice to know for certain though.

Presumably some of the later grass snake hatchlings will go into hibernation without having fed, and have their first meal in the spring?
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