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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

42. The Grass Snake
(Natrix natrix)

42. The Grass Snake

The grass snake, the largest reptile found in Great Britain, which may attain as much as 30 ins. or more in length, may be distinguished from the adder by the absence of pattern on the back and the presence of dark marks on the flanks. Its ground colour is olive-buff. It is quite harmless to all things bigger than frogs, newts and similar creatures on which it feeds. It lays eggs under piles of decaying vegetation, in manure heaps and such situations, the small snakes that emerge being miniature editions of their parents.