Help us build a picture of reptile activity across the county by adding your reptile sightings to the map. Suffolk Wildlife Trust will use the information gathered through this site to:
- collect records of reptiles in Suffolk
- target surveying efforts
- identify opportunities to expand the range of Suffolk’s reptiles
- provide habitat advice where it is most needed
Suffolk is home to four of the six reptile species native to Britain; common lizard, slow-worm, grass snake and adder. Reptiles are cold-blooded, that is to say that they do not generate their own body heat. Instead they are reliant on environmental temperatures.
Reptile numbers in the county are declining. As well as planned reptile surveys, Suffolk Wildlife Trust is interested in finding out about chance encounters with lizards or snakes. The resources on this website have been created to help get you looking in the right places for reptiles and identifying what you have seen.
Tips for finding reptiles
- Look in the right sort of habitat
- Look at the right time of year – reptiles are active from March to October
- Look under the right weather conditions. Reptiles bask and use refuges on mild or warm (but not hot) days.
- Visit our identification guide page
- Join a reptile surveyor or attend a course to help you get started. The Suffolk Amphibian and Reptile Group organises several courses throughout the season.
How to report a sighting
- Provide details of the sighting
- Drop a pin in the map to show us where you were
- Submit your sighting and see it appear on the map immediately