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Reptile Habitat Recognition

This presentation should give a beginner enough knowledge of what constitutes good reptile habitat to carry out a reptile survey on their own.

The aim is to impart an understanding of reptile habitat needs, and how to recognise good/promising reptile habitat in the field.


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What is good reptile habitat?

  • Key features in common:

  • Vegetation structure – varied heights, mosaics,

  • edges, basking places

  • Extent – big enough to support a population

  • Aspect – sunny, sheltered, unshaded places

  • Topography – undulating ground, banks,

  • hummocks, hollows

  • Connectivity – colonisation/recolonisation

  • History – ancient or recent creation?

  • Look for these features in the following slides!


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What is good reptile habitat?

Lowland heathland - ideal for all reptiles


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What is good reptile habitat?

Moorland – note mosaic structure


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What is good reptile habitat?

Moorland with gorse scrub




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What is good reptile habitat?

Molinia tussocks on heathland/moorland


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What is good reptile habitat?

Heathland/moorland bog – especially in summer


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What is good reptile habitat?

Grassy brambly bank (south-facing)


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What is good reptile habitat?

Rough grassy bank (south-facing)


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What is good reptile habitat?

Woodland glade/forest ride


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What is good reptile habitat?

Roadside verges – serve as important corridors


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What is good reptile habitat?

Railways – good (but not possible to survey)

…check land adjoining


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What is good reptile habitat?

Field margins/hedgerows – good corridors


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What is good reptile habitat?

Boundary bank – corridor + shelter/varied aspects


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What is good reptile habitat?

Set-aside field margin – good if kept this way?


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What is good reptile habitat?

Vegetated coastal cliffs


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What is good reptile habitat?

Coastal sand dunes – topography & veg structure


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What is good reptile habitat?

Bramble thicket (edges and cover)


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What is good reptile habitat?

Rank grass and brambles


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What is good reptile habitat?

Edge of gorse scrub


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What is good reptile habitat?

Vegetated rocky slopes


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What is good reptile habitat?

Riparian grass/scrub – especially grass snakes


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What is good reptile habitat?

Brash piles/cuttings – basking/protection


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What is good reptile habitat?

Manure heaps – good for grass snake egg-laying


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What is good reptile habitat?

Log piles – good basking spots/protection


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What is good reptile habitat?

Clear-felled forest



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What is good reptile habitat?

‘Lush’ grass – ideal for slow-worms


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What is good reptile habitat?

Allotments – good (if some plots left overgrown)


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What is good reptile habitat?

Brownfield sites or “open mosaic” habitat


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Photographs

  • The HCT is grateful to Jon Cranfield for the use of a photograph in this presentation. All other photos are by HCT staff.

  • Copyright of all photographs within this presentation remains with the photographers and The HCT.

  • These photographs should not be used for purposes other than NARRS training without the permission of the photographers.


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