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Last Updated: Wednesday July 30 2008 16:02 GMT

What snakes are there in the UK?

Adder's eye

In the UK, there are three types of snakes that are found in the wild.

The adder, the smooth snake and the grass snake are all protected under law from being killed, injured or sold. A slow worm is often mistaken for a snake.

Find out more about these interesting reptiles:

Adder

Adder

Adders are the UK's only poisonous snake. They like undisturbed countryside and eating lizards, amphibians, baby birds and small mammals, which they kill with their venomous bite. An adder bite is rare but will probably need treatment at hospital.

Grass snake

Grass snake

Grass snakes are grey-green in colour and are one of a few animals that play dead if they feel threatened! They are good swimmers and feed on tadpoles, frogs and toads, as well as fish, newts, and sometimes mice and small birds.

Smooth snake

Smooth snake

Smooth snakes are harmless to humans but kill their prey by hugging them to death! They mainly eat lizards and other snakes. They move slowly and often freeze if approached.

Slow worm

Slow worm

Slow worms look like snakes but are actually lizards without any legs! Unlike snakes, they have eyelids. Like their name, they're not very fast-moving creatures and feed on slow-moving prey such as slugs, snails, spiders, insects and earthworms.