FAQS - Snakes

There is a snake in my garden, and I don’t know what it is

Please take a photo then ring the Wildlife Aid Foundation. We will give an email address to send the photo to and hopefully be able to identify the snake for you.

A snake has come into my house and I am too scared to go near it

If you think the snake is a native species, shut the snake into a room but open any doors or windows leading to the outside. The snake should see the escape route and leave your house.

If you are unsure that it is native, or are unable to follow the advice above, then please call your local wildlife rescue who may be able to come out and rescue the snake.

My cat has caught a snake, and it is bleeding

Please bring the snake to your nearest rescue centre. Unfortunately cat bites can be dangerous as they carry bacteria in their mouths

General information about snakes

The most common snake in Britain is the grass snake. They are non‐venomous, although can bite, so care should always be taken. Grass snakes are protected by law, and should not be moved from their location.

Adders are venomous, but are very shy creatures, and unless injured will seldom be seen – they will sense people coming from a long distance away and be well hidden before they are spotted.

Smooth snakes – these are very rare.

Slow worms – these are in fact legless lizards, not snakes. They are harmless.

Sometimes escaped exotic pets are seen in the wild i.e. Corn snakes. If possible, contain the snake without handling (place a box over it) and please call us for advice. A picture would be helpful for identification.

For expert advice visit the Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group website: