The smooth snake is the rarest of the three snake species found in the UK.  It can only be found in isolated areas in a few counties of southern England.


Threats to the smooth snake

The main reason for the scarceness of smooth snakes is the destruction of their habitat - a problem they share with the sand lizard, with which they share much of their remaining territory.  However, they also have plenty of predators, including birds of prey, foxes, badgers, weasels, pheasants and crows. As a defensive mechanism, they can secrete a foul-smelling substance from their anal glands.  This is designed to put off predators!

Read More: Protecting the smooth snake

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