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Grass snake

Natrix natrix

Description:

Grass snake playin' dead.

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15 Comments

OMG cool snake

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

He's a "Name's the Same" organism -- Natrix natrix!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

AWESOME!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Very cute, but he forgot to include the tip of his tail in his "I'm dead Act"!! :)
He has a beautiful belly! Love the video.

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Fun fact! Not being venomous, one of the grass snake's defense tactics is to feign death by becoming completely limp - as you can see, they a very good at it! The process, called thanatosis, is an effective defense against most predators, which only consume live prey. The grass snake is harmless to humans and performs a valuable role in the ecosystem as a predator of rodents.

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KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

It's a good actor!

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 9 years ago

Wow! Awesome series!! That was actually very cute!

AnumKhan
AnumKhan 9 years ago

gr8 shot indeed

Vital
Vital 9 years ago

Thanks!

SomdevPal
SomdevPal 9 years ago

wow!!!awesome shot..rare sightings

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

That is cool, I have seen a possum play dead, but not a snake.

Vital
Vital 9 years ago

A rare chance to see the interesting belly pattern of this snake.

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

That's soo cool! I thought when they play dead, it would be more like they stay so quiet, but not like a dog with the tongue out and all!

Vital
Vital 9 years ago

It's a common trick of a nonvenomous snake - play dead to fool predators. And yes, he's absolutely alive :) Please check my another spotting of this european grass snake i took before he start "acting".

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

Playing dead? Really? Or just dead? That can be a really dangerous game!

Vital
Spotted by
Vital

Kurzeme, Latvia

Spotted on Apr 3, 2011
Submitted on Apr 12, 2011

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