|Grass Snake Natrix natrix|
|Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk,
June 2009 The Grass Snake is distributed throughout most of Europe and east through central Asia to about Lake Baikal. In Britain it is found in the lowlands of England with a few records in Wales.
It is Britain's largest terrestrial reptile. This individual was close to 1 metre in length. It is not venomous.
It is generally associated with water and this is normally where this rather elusive species is seen. It feeds on frogs, toads, newts, small mammals and occasionally worms. These it swallows alive and whole. It can take a long time to digest a large meal and can survive on only a few large meals in a season.
|It is preyed upon by badgers,
foxes, domestic cats, hedgehogs and some birds. Its main form of
defense is to play dead and it will hiss and eject a smelly
liquid though it rarely bites.
There is more information and excellent videos and photos on ARKive.
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