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European Grass Snake
Scientific Name:
Natrix natrix
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The European Grass Snake usually grows to about three feet (180 centimeters) in length. Females are larger than males and may grow up to five feet long.
The European Grass Snake is usually an olive brown color. Variations of brown and green exist, as do black pigmentations. Many have black spots on their sides and back, and a yellow or white collar rings the neck of these snakes. Some have yellow rings around the black spots.
European Grass Snakes eat a variety of amphibians, fish, lizards, and even small mammals.
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European Grass Snake

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European Grass Snake Description
  The European Grass Snake is somewhat plain, but has a beautiful color pattern. They do make a great pet, but it is best to obtain a captive bred snake since its numbers in the wild are very low and must be preserved. Despite its land-oriented name, the European Grass Snake is a very good swimmer. They can often be found in low vegetation near fresh water. They can also be found in forested areas and grasslands in addition to wetlands. The European Grass Snake is often seen basking on cool sunny days in open areas. These snakes will rarely bite and are not venomous, but they will give off a rather disgusting odor when disturbed. They may also hiss when scared. It will draw itself up in a fierce imitation of a cobra and spit in an attempt to scare of the predator. If the European Grass Snake is extremely frightened, it will go into a dramatic enactment of death, flipping over onto its back and flopping its tongue out of its mouth. Because of its collar rings on its neck, the European Grass Snake is sometimes called Collared or Ringed Snakes.  
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