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** Grass snake **

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This article is about the European grass snake or ringed snake /Natrix
natrix/. "Grass snake" is also used in North America to refer to the smooth
green snake (/Opheodrys vernalis/) and the rough green snake (/O.

Grass snake
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Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 2.3)^[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Natricinae
Genus: /Natrix/
Species: /*N. natrix*/
Binomial name
*/Natrix natrix/*
(Linnaeus, 1758)
· /Coluber natrix/ Linnaeus, 1758
· /Natrix vulgaris/ Laurenti, 1768
· /Tropidonotus natrix/ - F. Boie, 1827
· /Natrix natrix/ - Stejneger, 1907

The *grass snake* (/*Natrix natrix*/), sometimes called the *ringed snake*
or *water snake*, is a Eurasian non-venomous snake. It is often found near
water and feeds almost exclusively on amphibians.


· 1 Etymology
· 2 Description
· 3 Distribution
· 4 Ecology

· 4.1 Feeding
· 4.2 Habitat
· 4.3 Reproduction
· 4.4 Migration
· 4.5 Ecdysis (moulting)
· 4.6 Defense
· 4.7 Protection and threats

· 5 Gallery
· 6 References
· 7 External links


The name /natrix/ is probably derived from the Latin /nare/ or /natare/ "to


The grass snake is typically dark green or brown in colour with a
characteristic yellow collar behind the head, which explains the
alternative name /ringed snake/. The colour may also range from grey to
black, with darker colours being more prevalent in colder regions,
presumably owing to the thermal benefits of being dark in colour. The
underside is whitish with irregular blocks of black, which are useful in
recognizing individuals. In Great Britain, the grass snake is


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