Discover the hidden life of Loiret Snakes and Snakes

movement in the grass. You can freeze. In the hope – often fear – of seeing a serpent come out of the woods, Forked tongue searching for the scent of its prey. If there is not much to do against the phobia, rest assured: you are too fat to serve it as lunch …

1. In a crime? no…

In Loiret coexistence Five types of snakes to one type of snake (less). Both, realizing that they are not enough, will freeze in our approach. He will run away if he finds out.

“If we put the snake in a corner, if we catch it, then only it risks getting bitten.”explains Kevin Bellard, who is responsible for studies at Loiret Nature Environnement.

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The grass snake rarely bites and, of course, is not poisonous:

“I have already caught several Swiss pythons (those we used to call ‘grass snakes’), without being bitten. On the other hand, this snake releases Liquid like urine, its foul smell stays on hands for a long time. This is his defense.”

Some snakes raise their heads to frighten – a bit like a cobra, but without a collar. “Though they won’t attack, that’s intimidating!”

2. What is the real danger?

And if, in spite of everything, the snake bites?

Photo by Lucille Ferriot.
The first bites are often dry, without poison, or very few. It’s a warning to let her go. The snake avoids wasting venom for nothing: it expends energy, after which it will remain zero for several hours.

Kevin Bellard

is it painful? Like a cat scratch.

“Anyway, in case of a bite, you should remain calm, take off your rings and bracelets. If the bite swells, call 15. You will likely be kept under observation for a few hours or overnight in the hospital. S there is the poison, the bite may swell. But if we are treated, if we do not have allergies, we will not die. We must stop at the legend of the killer serpent.”

Your cat or dog is less resistant. If he is bitten, take him to the vet!

3. Snake or snake?

“There are two simple ways to distinguish between snakes and snakes: the eye and the head, Kevin Bellard details. The grass snake has round pupils, and the snake has divided them vertically, like a cat. And then we can look over the head. The snake has nine large scales, the companion displays a large number of small scales.

Snake size, on the other hand, is a relative indicator. Yes, “snakes in general are smaller, stocky.” But the little snake will be superior to the big snake. “Anyway, the naturalist laughs, snakes are always so big in the eyes of people who see them.”

This says, If it is more than a meter long, it must be a snake :

“Indeed, at a height of more than 50 centimeters, there is a strong possibility that this evening it is a snake, or it is a very old and well-fed viper.”

4. What about us?

all snakes Protected species that must not be killed or maimed. They will not stay in a preserved garden, where they are visible and therefore vulnerable. On the other hand, they risk “making their lives in a messy garden,” notes Kevin Bellard, who advises cleaning up the perimeter of the house and leaving only the lower part of the garden to rest.

And at home? It is rare. But last year, a snake that entered a house was butchered with a shovel by a terrified Loire woman.

Instead of getting into such a harsh situation, the naturalist advises “to leave the doorways to the outside open, and shut the doors of other rooms so that the snake does not venture there. He has come to ask for a little coolness or warmth, and will go away in the evening. Otherwise, you can always call the fire department.”

5. Snake skin

The snake, as we know, is covered with scales. We also know that it is a cold-blooded animal. or, To use the exact scientific term, an animal out of heat :

It does not generate its own heat and depends on the temperature of its surroundings. When it’s cold, he feels lethargic. This is the reason why it hibernates and lives in slow motion in the cold season.

In the summer, it reappears. “It is often seen in the morning, when it warms up in the sun after dark. Then he goes to the bushes, the grass … “

Snakes tend to live in moist environments near ponds and rivers. They also know how to swim well. The snake, on the other hand, will remain dry, preferring stones, hedges, twigs … plants that allow it to regulate its temperature. “But it’s not absolute, you can come across snakes on land,” says Kevin Bellard.

Do you know ? whether Most snakes lay their eggsthe smooth diadem, as well as the Snake, and Ludd:

“At birth, baby snakes fit in the palm of the hand.”

Kevin Bellard (empty)

as soon as he is born, The snake will leave itselfBeing a mother is an unworthy father…

6. Indispensable to the ecosystem

Beyond its rarely appreciated charm, the snake “is a predator, and thus contributes to the regulation of other species.”

Snakes delight rodents. The grass snake often prefers the frog – bats even eat fish. Snakes are fond of insects, less dense.

We have no figures on the presence of snakes in Laura. What we can say is that These numbers are declining.

This is because of “the loss of their habitat when one builds on natural wastelands; the disappearance of their food when pest control is distributed in the fields; and the scarcity of wetlands. However, they are essential to the ecosystem“.

Snakes and Snakes (And Slow Worms) by Loiret

There are five types of snakes and one type of snake in the Loiret region.

grass snake The most common is the grass snake (renamed the Swiss snake). Gray, recognizable by her black and white knots (Photos by Kevin Bellard and Agnès Herguibeau – Loire Nature Center).

Pugloss snake The The viper snake is often killed, victim of its resemblance to the viper with which it shares zigzag spots on its back. (Photo by Damien Hemray – LNE).


Soft Coronelyou all You will especially encounter smooth crown (also grass snake) in gardens (Photo by Damien Hemray – LNE).

yellow and green snakeWe don’t have an illustration of the rarer yellow-green snake. It is quite diverse, with more yellow than green.

Aesculapian snake. We also don’t have an illustration of the rarer yellow-green snake. Kevin Bellard smiles, “It’s rather big and bulky, with a uniform brown color. Anyway, you have very little chance of seeing it.”

Asia Pacific SnakeSnake boa is the only type of snake in Loiret. It is distinguished from snakes by its split pupils and the large number of small scales on its head (Photo by Nicholas Dejan – LNE).

slow wormIt is not, strictly speaking, a snake, but a lizard without legs! It hides, likes to sneak under dead leaves and twigs … Like other lizards, it can lose its tail to escape if attacked. The slow worm does not bite (Photo by Kevin Bellard – LNE).

Caroline Buzek

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