Beam Parklands

Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH

Tel: 0208 227 2332

Reptiles

Grass Snake – Natrix natrix

Grass Snake - Natrix natrix

By Lukas Jonaitis

  • Britain’s largest snake species
  • Grow up to 150cm in length
  • Found widespread throughout England and Wales
  • Often found close to water, where they hunt for amphibians and fish
  • Olive green/brown in colour with a easily identifiable yellow collar
  • Circular pupil

Common Lizard – Zootoca vivipara

Common Lizard - Zootoca vivipara

By Thomas Brown

  • Also known as viviparous lizards, meaning they give birth to live young
  • Found commonly troughout the UK
  • Grow up to 15cm in length, including their tail
  • Brown/grey in colour with a relatively small head
  • Spotty or stripey patterning on the body
  • Young are almost completely black when first born
  • Can shed their tails if under threat from predators known as Autotomy; store body fat in their tails so autotomy can be fatal late in season
  • Melanistic black individuals have been found in the UK. Albino examples are very rare

Slow Worm – Anguis fragilis

Slow Worm - Anguis fragilis

By Thomas Brown

  • Britain’s only limbless lizard
  • Often mis-identified as a snake rather than a lizard as they have no limbs
  • Grow up to 50cm in length
  • Brown/grey in colour with little definition between head and body
  • Visible eyelids
  • Adults have a shiny or irridescent appearence, often with a blue colouration.
  • Have a preference for dense vegetation with penetrating sunlight ideal for basking
  • Shed tails if seized by predator

Meeting Point

The Meeting Point for all events is on the bridge by the entrance off Oval Road North unless otherwise stated. See Map.

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Booking opens two weeks before each event. To book your place call 0208 227 2332. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.