Although sometimes surprising to some, the UK is home to 6 native species of reptiles.
We have three snakes; the grass snake (Natrix natrix), the adder (Vipera berus) and the smooth snake (Coronella austriaca), and three lizards; the common lizard (Zootoca vivipara), the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) and the slow-worm (Anguis fragilis).
Did you know? The slow-worm is actually biologically classified as a lizard rather than a snake despite its legless appearance. This is because, unlike snakes, slow worms can blink as they still have eyelids (snakes cannot blink), and they can also shed their tails if threatened.
Only one of these species, the adder, is venomous, and although caution should be taken around all of these reptile species, they are unlikely to be aggressive unless provoked and it is much more likely that they will see you and slip away into the undergrowth before you see them!