The smooth snake is supposed to be rare and shy in the UK, but here in France, in our garden anyway, it seems to be friendly and thriving. Every year there’s a smooth snake under a large flat stone on the edge of the flower bed. Last year we noticed two entwined under the bay leaf bush, and this year there were two under the stone. These non-aggressive little snakes don’t bite, they are constrictors and they live on lizards. We have become quite fond of them over the years.