Black Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)

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Black Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)

Postby ourbirds on Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:54 pm

Black Grass Snake (Natrix natrix):

Hi All,

Thought you'd like to see the pictures I took today of a Black Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) at Alyn Waters Country Park. We are pretty sure by size and shape of head that it's an adult female, and you can see by it's eye that it's due to slough. If anyone can tell us any more about how common these 'collarless' grass snakes are we'd be interested in more information.

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If you look closely on this one you can see her
tongue coming out as she hisses at us!


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Re: Black Grass Snake

Postby ourbirds on Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:46 pm

Just an update, I'm advised by Mick Brummage from NEWW that this is not a 'black Grass Snake', but merely a darker coloured mature female and that the lack of collar is fairly common in older females. All the same, she's pretty impressive, we estimate she was between 3 and 3 1/2 feet long, maybe more. We are hoping to try and get back in the hope of finding the shed skin later this week.

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