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

Its natural habitats are green humid areas, temperate forest, the edges of woods, shrubland, open grassland, arable land and pastureland.

9. Western green lizard

Its natural habitats are green humid areas, temperate forest, the edges of woods, shrubland, open grassland, arable land and pastureland.
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This lizard prefers rocky environments, including urban settings, where it can scurry between rock, rubble, debris and buildings.

10. Common wall lizard

This lizard prefers rocky environments, including urban settings, where it can scurry between rock, rubble, debris and buildings.
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