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Grass snake


Grass snake
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Copyright: Olgierd Rozycki (rolesox) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 173] (1940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-20
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, SIGMA 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS, Marumi 67 mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-20 19:26
Viewed: 2317
Points: 4
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Picture taken at Uroczysko lakelet in Szczecin.
The grass snake (Natrix natrix), sometimes called the ringed snake or water snake is a European nonvenomous snake. It is often found near water and feeds almost exclusively on amphibians. It is widely distributed in mainland Europe, ranging from mid Scandinavia to southern Italy. It is also found in northwestern Africa.
They prey almost entirely on amphibians, especially the common toad and the common frog, although they may also occasionally eat mammals and fish. Captive snakes have been observed taking earthworms offered by hand, but dead prey items are never taken. The snake will search actively for prey, often on the edges of water, using sight and sense of smell
Grass snakes are strong swimmers and may be found close to fresh water, although there is evidence that individual snakes often do not make use of water bodies throughout the entire season.
PL – zaskroniec zwyczajny to niejadowity wąż wstępujący w całej Europie (oprócz Szkocji, Irlandii i północnej części Skandynawii). Samica jest większa od samca i osiąga średnio długość od 85 cm do 1,2 m (wyjątkowo 2 m), a samiec od 70 cm do 1 m. Żywią się żabami, rybami albo małymi gryzoniami, które połykają bez uprzedniego uśmiercania.

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Hi Olgierd,
Very intringuing pic. Do you know what the prey was. From the pic, it look like something extremly long (2 thirds of its body) like he would have eaten another snake, or an eel.
Good the snake is folded in two. It allows to come closer.
Regards
Jean-Marie

Buen trabajo y de gran dificultad. Enhorabuena Olgierd: J. Ignasi.

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