Our largest snake, the Grass Snake, is protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. It likes wetland habitats, but can also be found in dry grasslands and in gardens. Its eggs are laid in rotting vegetation, often in compost heaps. Like all reptiles, Grass Snakes hibernate, usually from October to April. Usually greenish in colour, with a yellow collar and black neck patches. Females are bigger than males. It is not dangerous. The loss of our wild grassland and ponds through human activity threatens the survival of our reptiles. We need networks of wildlife corridors through our villages and countryside. These are good for both wildlife and people. You can help look after grass snakes and other reptiles in your garden by leaving piles of logs for hibernating beneath. The Wildlife Trusts’ ‘Wild About Gardens’ initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.