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Grass snake

Natrix natrix

Description:

I found this big beautful snake with big dark eyes on my way to pick up my son at school. She seemed dead, laying in the middle of the country road, but curled up as if she was sleeping, so unsure, I stopped and walked over to her, she didn´t move. I got my cell phone to take a photo as I had here in Germany never ever seen a big snake like this ever before, she probably had a bout 1,30 meters. Whe she heard the camera she moved and I saw her tongue, trying to orientate herself. She was bleeding at one side of her mouth, probably had been hit by a car. I moved her gently over to the side into the grass where she was safe, I noticed she was quite heavy and so long. There she moved along slowly and I kept watching that she wouldn´t return back on the road, so beautiful ... When I came back 10 minutes later she was gone. I hope she did survive. Her dark big eyes still haunt me!

Notes:

I initially thought because she was such a long snake that she was a Aesculapnatter but now I have reason to believe that its a rather huge grass snake. Still interested in opinions.

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Grass snake
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22 Comments

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

And sorry, also thanks to you MártonSzabolcs! :-)

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

Thanks Martin! :-))

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

Grass snakes appear in colors from Brown to Black - i've already seen that in the wild as well as a size of up to 2 meters and the black markings on the supralabial-scales are typical, i Really think you've done well changing it !!

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

Mmm I am not sure as she was much browner than the photo shows (just a mobile phone shot) and her tummy was yellow. And she was huge with her 1,30m. But having seen photos of big grass snakes they also look like this. Well I will bend to the opinion of the crowd here. :-))

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

I'd agree with Grasssnake - zamenis longissimus is usualy brownish with a yellow belly without spots !

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

I liked your story :-)

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

Hi Márton, Thanks for your suggestion. Do you think it is a grass snake? It was very long (1,30m) and she didn´t have the yellow sort of collar. I will check though. thanks, Saskia

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

cool! that kind of training can do wonders!

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

2 years ago i worked in a reptile-pet shop as trainee... i really like reptiles, snakes a pretty cool - but i love geckos like the tarentola or the tokay - i have three tokays at home !!!

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Martin looks like you are a snake lover! snakes are beautiful if you understand them!

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

Lovely! :-))

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

how kind ! once i've also rescued a grasssnake from the road by picking it up and putting it into the bushes besides ...

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

Emma, thanks, kind yes but not brave, with snakes, but these snakes are harmless, not venenous otherwise I would not really dare to touch them. :-)

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Saskia,you are kind and brave!

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

Last week I saw another one just outside my house, probably 70cm, sleeping under a big pile of wood, ... that I cleared up.

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

I was also thinking about a raptor, as it is this little 1 lane vineyard agricultural road that crosses through a small local nature reserve, but nomally cars that pass there go way to fast and may hit her too. Well anyway I also thought she did actually survive. A few days later I found another one, smaller, that was dead, and the people that had driven across her didnt even care to pick her up to the side of the road.

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

These Snakes are usually quite shy, maybe it was attacked by some kind of raptor - if you ask me it doesn't look like a car-accident - i'm quite sure it survived, reptiles can take a lot !

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Road kill is sad. I see deer and coyotes ,skunks ,racoons and sometimes pet cats being killed. Wish there was a way to stop it!

AlanRoque
AlanRoque 9 years ago

Cool!!!

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

That's fantastic !

SaskiaMarloh
SaskiaMarloh 9 years ago

Thanks Martin. Have done so now. :-)

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

Cool Shot! You can add your Spotting to the 'Reptiles and Amphibians of Central Europe' Mission! http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1329...

SaskiaMarloh
Spotted by
SaskiaMarloh

Oestrich-Winkel, Hessen, Germany

Spotted on May 14, 2012
Submitted on May 14, 2012

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