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Grass snake

Natrix natrix


Grass snake playin' dead.

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OMG cool snake

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

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

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago


LaurenZarate 10 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 10 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.

KarenL 11 years ago

It's a good actor!

courtneyhitson 11 years ago

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

AnumKhan 12 years ago

gr8 shot indeed

Vital 12 years ago


SomdevPal 12 years ago

wow!!!awesome shot..rare sightings

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

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

Vital 12 years ago

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

Carolina 12 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 12 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 12 years ago

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

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Kurzeme, Latvia

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

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