Reptile Identification

As part of our reptile survey and monitoring programme we are urging the general public to send in any photographs, sightings or records of reptiles they have encountered in the Dearne. These additional records will substantially help prioritise survey effort on our programme.


In order to help the local community with the reptile sightings we have provided some simple user-friendly guidance below on common reptiles to keep a look out for. These ID charts can also be downloaded from the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme website (NARRS) along with lots of other free resources on survey and ID techniques. If you click HERE it will take you directly to their site.

The ID charts below illustrate the most common reptiles in the UK, six of these are native to the UK along with various other non-native species that have been introduced over time.

The most common and likely reptiles to look out for in the Dearne Valley include four notable species:

  • Common Lizard
  • Grass Snake
  • Slow Worm
  • Adder (RARE)

If you have seen any of these species, or any others and have photographs, site locations, notes etc then we would love to hear from you to help with our project. We also regularly run workshops to help people learn more about a range of wildlife and plants in the Dearne. For more information please contact the DVLP at: [email protected]

With more species data we are able to have a greater chance of enabling the future protection and survival of such iconic, misunderstood species in the Dearne Valley and YOU can HELP!

Reptile ID Charts

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