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Grass snake

Natrix natrix

Description:
The grass snake is between 120 and 200 centimetres long, brown and greyish-green with dark spots above and may have two yellowish spots highlighted with black at the back of its head. It has a black and white belly.

Habitat:
A common species, the grass snake lives mainly in wetlands, but also in gardens and parks. It is found in Europe, northern Africa and Asia.

Habits:
The grass snake is not dangerous to humans. It hibernates from October/November to April/May. It is a good swimmer and eats amphibians, fish, small mammals and small birds. When in danger it coils, hisses and attacks. When caught, it emits a foul-smelling liquid.

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