We've found several shedded skins around the back of the house and there have been a lot of very lethargic snakes lying around sunning themselves, so I've taken the opportunity to get some photos and especially close-ups of their heads and eyes.
I like having snakes around the house and take it as quite a compliment that they finds our gardens a suitable environment in which to settle.
Snakes make me jump a bit sometimes if I see one unexpectedly but it's exciting to see them moving off rapidly when they feel you approaching. The farmers around here say that if you have couleuvres then you won't get vipers and that suits me just fine.
All the snakes shown in these photographs are non-venomous and will not harm children or pets. They eat mice, eggs, rats, flies, lizards, frogs and other amphibians, they're fascinating to have around and help sustain the balance of nature.
For more information on snakes in this blog, click the snakes link at the bottom of the post. For more information on snakes in France, this Planete Passion site is excellent.