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Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)

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A non-venomous Snake that has a distinct yellow/white and black Collar around neck. This is its most distinctive features along with its long slender appearance.
The Ventral surface, white/cream with black chequers, some individuals have an almost entirely black underside.
It is the largest indigenous reptile in the UK, typically males reach 100 cm, females up to130 cm, though larger individuals have been recorded. Males are smaller than females but have longer tails. The female lays up to 40 leathery matt-white eggs, in June and July. The hatchlings emerge in autumn. Picture taken at Felmersham Gravel Pits, Bedfordshire 4th August 2012.

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5th Aug 2012 by Diane Earl

Subjects:
Biology, Environmental Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Geocode: Felmersham, Bedfordshire
Date of artefact: 4th August 2012

Keywords:
snake

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