Grass snake

Grass snake

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Credit: COLIN VARNDELL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Grass snake (Natrix natrix) adult, close-up of the head. This non-venomous reptile is common and widespread across Europe, but is absent from Ireland, the Balearics, Malta and Crete. It is often found near water where it feeds primarily on frogs and toads, but may take newts and fish, being able to swim and hunt in water. Photographed in Dorset, UK, in April.

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