FAQS - Snakes

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

Please call The Wildlife Aid Foundation for advice and we should be able to help you identify the snake.

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

Please close all the doors and windows to keep the snake contained. Call The Wildlife Aid Foundation and we will help you identify the snake and send someone to help you.

My cat has caught a snake, and it is bleeding

Please bring the snake to The Wildlife Aid Foundation or 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: