grass snake


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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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I read afterwards that grass snakes typically do that.
Hans-Jorg Wiedl the reptile expert who rediscovered the grass snake after it was thought to be extinct for 40 years and who has been lobbying authorities for 25 years expressed his anger that the snake now faces extinction.
In the last few weeks, while helping a Watford-based customer clear garden rubbish, Waste King's operatives came across two grass snakes - which had chosen to hibernate in the grass clippings and leaves that were being removed.
Grass snakes, which can grow up to 6ft long, were previously only found in England.
Reaching nearly two metres, grass snakes are the UK'''s largest reptile and the only one to lay eggs here.
Alongside the adder, the grass snake, the common lizard and the slow worm are vulnerable populations of the country's two rarest species, the sand lizard and the smooth snake.
There are some 2,800 species of the reptiles, ranging from Europe's common grass snake to the mighty South American green anaconda, which can weigh up to 150kg.
Snake George, a keen environmentalist, is known for rediscovering the Cyprus grass snake, which was believed to have been extinct for the last 40 years.
A similar rescue, this time of a grass snake, was carried out by RSPCA officer Rachel Hayward in Rodborough, Stroud.
Sometimes the venomous adder can be mistaken for nonvenomous species such as the grass snake or smooth snake, making people think it is safe to pick them up.
The groom got off with one of the bridesmaids, but the bride heard all about it from a grass snake.
They joined the list of wildlife species such as the otter and grass snake that already enjoy protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.