The secretive smooth snake
is to get a helping hand with a project to monitor, record and protect the UK's rarest reptile and its home.
It is for this reason that I am usually never keen on Johnny-come-latelies who spring up around election time with powerful PowerPoint and PDF presentations promising heaven on earth to the club supporters.In the three decades that I have hang around Gor Mahia I have seen a thousand and one of these smooth snake
oil salesmen who promise to take the club to Canaan only to turn into crocodiles that the club patron Raila Odinga talked about at the last general elections.
The only other British snake, the smooth snake
(coronella austriaca), is also non-venomous.
My life passes by in a series of images: hard feces pellets like peas to long feces like a smooth snake
to a puddle of brown water.
albicans was associated with stomatitis and hepatitis in a smooth snake
(Coronella austriaca) (Austwick and Keymer, 1981) and enteritis in loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) (Oros et al., 2004).
Grass snakes are one of only three types of snakes native to Great Britain - the also-harmless smooth snake
and the venomous adder are the others.
The New Forest Reptile Centre near Lyndhurst is home to all six species of British reptiles including adders (our only poisonous snake), the rare sand lizard and smooth snake
. It also has all our home-grown amphibians.
For comparison, only one site (possibly two) contained the remains of adder (Vipera berus) and none contained remains of the smooth snake
(Coronella austriaca), (18) the only other two known snake species in the Netherlands.
Species in decline include the asp and the smooth snake
from Europe, the Gabon viper and rhinoceros viper of West Africa, and the royal python.
Alongside the adder, the grass snake, the common lizard and the slow worm are vulnerable populations of the country's two rarest species, the sand lizard and the smooth snake