Currently, almost one third of Germany is covered by forest. Some hundred years ago the forest had nearly disappeared due to strong grazing and utilisation of wood for fireing and building purposes. These new planted forsts are dominated by fast growing coniferous trees. For Germany having a humid climate the original forest consisted of decidious trees like; beech, oak, maple, linden, hornbeam or ash. The forestry is going to establish more forests mixed up with such trees, since they have proved to be more resistant against storms and the less dense canopy allowes much much more plants and animals to live there. Roe deers, wild boars and foxes are quite common. In some smal areas deers, or even elks or wolves can be seen. But like snakes I have never seen one of them in Germany in the wild.