Shot by my college in days in Dilijan.
The first of our 'lucky four' smooth snakes that we found on various Dorset heaths. This one was basking right in the middle of the small trail we were on.
The second smooth snake (of four) that we were lucky enough to find on various heaths near Poole in Dorset. This one was on the move and I just got a couple of shots before it disappeared into dense heather.
Coronella austriaca (commonly known as a smooth snake) is a non-venomous colubrid species found in northern and central Europe, but also as far east as northern Iran. The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) currently recognizes three subspecies, including the typical form described here.