The common European viper (also known as adders) can be found right across mainland UK, is usually about two foot long and has a venomous bite.

Ten snakes and lizards that could be lurking in your garden right now

These ten different reptiles could be dwelling in UK backyards with homeowners unaware, now that the weather has improved.

From the venomous European viper and the rare smooth snake to the viviparous lizard and slow worm, herpetophobes might want to look away now. Story and images credited to GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk

The common European viper (also known as adders) can be found right across mainland UK, is usually about two foot long and has a venomous bite. Watch out!

1. European viper

The common European viper (also known as adders) can be found right across mainland UK, is usually about two foot long and has a venomous bite. Watch out!
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Smooth snakes are comparably rare, though they are most likely to be found in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey or West Sussex. Thinner than adders and with no venom.

2. Smooth snake

Smooth snakes are comparably rare, though they are most likely to be found in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey or West Sussex. Thinner than adders and with no venom.
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The grass snake favours habitats close to sources of water and can swim well. This non-venomous snake is the largest snake native to Britain.

3. Grass snake

The grass snake favours habitats close to sources of water and can swim well. This non-venomous snake is the largest snake native to Britain.
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These could be found in London or North Wales neighbourhoods, feed on rodents such as rats and are also non-venomous. Phew.

4. Aesculapian snake

These could be found in London or North Wales neighbourhoods, feed on rodents such as rats and are also non-venomous. Phew.
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