Why is September (and October) a great time to commission a reptile survey? Read on to discover more about the reptile life cycle and what they get up to during this month.
After the births and hatching of young in August, reptiles will be surging back into action for September and October in a last minute bid to store up the calories required to survive the long-cold. The parents have been away in refuge giving birth and incubating eggs during August. Hungry parents are now fully active as they need to restore their energy for brumation (reptile hibernation). It’s not just the older reptiles though; newly-born reptiles are making a desperate bid to survive in the big world and store up sufficient energy to survive their first brumation period. The first few critical weeks coincide with a busy one for these young reptiles.
What will these reptiles be eating?
Slow worms (Anguis fragilis) will be feasting on slugs, snails, spiders and worms. Viviparous lizards (Zootoca vivipoa), known to some as the common lizard mainly trap insects. Grass snakes (Natrix natrix) predate upon many amphibian species such as toads, frogs, newts and small fish. They also eat small mammals such as wood mice.
This sudden flurry of activity makes it an excellent time to book in a reptile survey with First Ecology. Reptile surveys cannot be completed after October so make sure you don’t miss the window.