The grass snake (Natrix natrix)

- species is not venomous snake family of snake (Colubridae). Grass snakes are present throughout Europe (except Scotland, Ireland and the northern parts of Scandinavia).

The female is larger than the male and reaches an average length of 1.5 m, and the male to 1 m; recorded specimens longer. They feed on amphibians, fish or small rodents, which swallow without killing.

They attack only moving animals. In captivity grass snakes they live up to 15 years.

Attacked snake arms, often pretending to be dead, while releasing unpleasant-smelling liquid, which further discourage potential predators. It may also seem quite loud hiss in

To scare away the attacker.

Snake owes its Polish name of the distinctive yellowish spots "for the temples." These spots are very clear - make it easy to recognize this has no venom and harmless to the human species, surround

it black rims. Body color variable, usually gray-green or brownish. Białokremowy belly cover irregular black spots similar to a square shape.

The female lays eggs from June to July in the number of 9-40, with a length of 23-30 mm. After 2 months, the young are hatched, with a body length of about 15 cm. They are immediately independent

Snake likes to stay in the wetlands, swampy, near lakes and very good swims and dives. Some ordinary grass snakes can see the sea.

Common on the plains and in the mountains. General scope covers the whole of Europe, north-western part of Asia and northern Africa. In Poland, the commonest snakes, a protected species partial. Sometimes grass snakes venture near the houses (gardens), not doing anything wrong people. They are harmless and even avoid people.