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Grass Snake

The Grass Snake (Natrix natrix), now to be differentiated from the Swiss Snake (Natrix helvetica), is a species of snakes of the Natricidae family, which lives beyond the Rhine and in northern Europe. It can sport colors ranging from gray to black, brown and greenish, but it is generally recognizable by the light pattern it wears on the nape of the neck, which has given it its vernacular name. Its size varies from 65 cm to more than 1.40 m, the females being larger than the males.

It is, in most of its range, subservient to wetlands and is found near water. In northern Europe, it is found more in the plains and can even be seen in forest or in dry meadows. She has mainly diurnal habits even if she happens to go out at night, especially to hunt. It is an active snake that can move quickly, both on land and on the water surface. It can remain in apnea for up to thirty minutes underwater.

It feeds almost exclusively on amphibians, in particular frogs, toads, tree frogs and newts, more rarely salamanders.
It is aglyph and is not poisonous. It swallows its prey alive, without suffocating them. It is able to swallow prey larger than its head, its jaws being able to widen sharply during swallowing.

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)
Colonster (Liège - Belgium)
July 28, 2020