The common European viper (also known as adders) can be found right across mainland UK, is usually about two foot long and has a venomous bite.

Ten snakes and lizards that could be lurking in your garden right now

These ten different reptiles could be dwelling in UK backyards with homeowners unaware, now that the weather has improved.

From the venomous European viper and the rare smooth snake to the viviparous lizard and slow worm, herpetophobes might want to look away now. Story and images credited to GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk

This is the only egg-laying lizard in the UK and can be seen in the summer months near the coast. Legally protected as a threatened species.

5. Sand lizard

This is the only egg-laying lizard in the UK and can be seen in the summer months near the coast. Legally protected as a threatened species.
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They look like snakes and act like snakes, but slow worms are actually a type of native legless lizard. Found in back gardens everywhere.

6. Slow worm

They look like snakes and act like snakes, but slow worms are actually a type of native legless lizard. Found in back gardens everywhere.
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Viviparous, or common, lizards can be seen in a range of colours, from greens and greys to oranges and yellows.

7. Viviparous lizard

Viviparous, or common, lizards can be seen in a range of colours, from greens and greys to oranges and yellows.
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Lacks the bright yellow collar of the classic grass snake. The body colour is grey rather than olive green.

8. Barred grass snake

Lacks the bright yellow collar of the classic grass snake. The body colour is grey rather than olive green.
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