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A Red Fox, photographed in the Forest of Dean, my local area. Spring is finally here, despite the snow, hail and rain that's falled today. Migrants are returning, butterflies emerging. I'm looking forward to catching up with a couple of butterfly species this year that have so far eluded me, and there are a couple of other species I'm hoping to target this spring/summer, but other than those it will be a case of seeing what opportunities arise.
The Grass Snake is an active predator of frogs, toads and newts, although fish, small mammals and young birds may also be taken. Prey is grabbed, then swallowed alive. This species is a good swimmer, and is able to stay submerged for over half an hour. The Grass Snake is predated upon by badgers, foxes, domestic cats, hedgehogs and a number of birds.
A pair of mating Common Toads in the Forest of Dean at the beginning of April. Males clasp the females in a special hold known as "Amplexus" during mating. They remain like this for a few days as the female lays her spawn.
Crab spiders are able to change their body colour to match their background. It can take a few days, but they can appear white, yellow or green. This one was found on a Common Spotted Orchid in Gloucestershire, whilst visiting a site for a record emergence of Marsh Fritillary.