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New Forest reptiles and amphibians - an introduction

A slow worm disturbed whilst crossing a Forest track at Fritham
A slow worm disturbed whilst
crossing a Forest track at Fritham

Encouraged by the relatively mild climate, all Britain’s native reptiles are present in the New Forest – that’s adders, grass snakes, smooth snakes, slow worms, common lizards and incredibly scarce sand lizards.

Amphibians also breed in permanent or temporary pools, including, of course, common frogs and toads, and also smooth, palmate and great crested newts.

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** New Forest ponies **
New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%.
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley