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Dice snake

Natrix tessellata


Females are bigger than males. Maximum size is 1.0-1.3 m (39-51 inches) long. The color may vary from greyish green to brownish or almost black, with dark spots on the back. The belly is sometimes vividly coloured in yellow or orange, with black spots, very similar to dice, hence the name. Living mainly near river streams or lakes, it frequently feeds on fish. Sometimes it feeds also on amphibianslike frogs, toads and tadpoles. This snake is not venomous. As a defense it spreads a very bad smelling secretion from its cloaca. Another defence mechanism is thanatosis, meaning playing dead.


I saw the baby snake during a golf round on a green. The golf place is sorrounded by lakes and streams.

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Saarbrigger 4 years ago

Thanks for choosing it as favorit!

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

A golf playing snake!

That's really small!! Cool!

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Spotted on May 10, 2015
Submitted on May 31, 2015

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