Grass snake on a log by Pat Adams 1/11
Grass snake in Intwood Hall lake by Norfolk Wildlife Trust 2/11
Grass snake at Waxham by Julian Thomas 3/11
Grass snake by Mark Ollett 4/11
Grass snake at Strumpshaw Fen by Elizabeth Dack 5/11
Grass snake in a garden pond by Jan Wilson 6/11
Grass snake at Waxham by Julian Thomas 7/11
Grass snake by Darren Williams 8/11
Grass snake playing dead by Darren Williams 9/11
Grass snake by Mark Ollett 10/11
Grass snake at Horsey by Pat Adams 11/11

Grass snake Natrix helvetica

A slowly declining snake, which can vary in colour from greens, greys, browns and, occasionally, black. Its most recognisable feature is the collar behind the head which can be yellow, orange or white.

Conservation status

Grass snakes have become scarcer. There are still some areas where they are locally abundant, but nationally they are in decline.

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Grass snakes are very timid and if they are threatened they will play dead and can produce a foul smelling liquid from their anal glands.

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