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grass snake

1. a harmless nonvenomous European colubrid snake, Natrix natrix, having a brownish-green body with variable markings
2. any of several similar related European snakes, such as Natrix maura (viperine grass snake)
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The barred grass snake is greyer in colour than its olive green cousin and lacks its most striking feature, a bright yellow collar.
So she picked it up and released it into the River Thames after discovering grass snakes love water and are strong swimmers.
I didn't know whether it was an adder or a grass snake at the time, so it could have been poisonous.
The European Court of Justice has given the state time to sort out the lake's ownership but Cyprus is risks paying million in fines for not taking the necessary measures to protect the grass snake.
The people in these parts lived on the brandy they sold her, survived like the grass snakes, sticking to the stones and the brown soil that yielded only evil hot peppers and potatoes.
It has now added two grass snakes to its list which began in August 2011 with "Colin," a Giant African Land Snail.
We studied two populations of a nonvenomous natricine colubrid species, the grass snake (Natrix natric), which is abundant over much of Europe (Arnold and Burton, 1978).
Dean said: "I noticed the snake and picked it up for a photo as I thought it was just a grass snake, but later discovered it was an adder.
A FORMER metalworker had the shock of his life when he saw a metre long grass snake slithered into his house.
The grass snake owes its far northern distribution in Europe to the production and hoarding of dung from stock breeding.
Hans-Jorg Wiedl, aka Snake George, is known for rediscovering the Cyprus grass snake, which was believed to have been extinct for the last 40 years.
According to the board, creatures to look out for on this stretch the river include the grey heron, kingfisher, grass snake, water boatman insects, dragonflies and even muntjac deer.