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Grass Snake

Observed: 18th April 2011 By: LordMuzzyLordMuzzy’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesLordMuzzy’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesLordMuzzy’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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Description:

Went for a wander at a local spot which I know has a small Adder population and was absolutely delighted to find this Grass Snake under a piece of old plyboard! A first for me, managed to get a couple of quick shots before it disappeared into the brambles in the blink of an eye. Made up!

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Note the yellow dorsolateral

Note the yellow dorsolateral stripes. This looks like one from a population known in this area that originates from the Balkans.

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Note the yellow dorsolateral stripes.

Hi Masked Marvel, any more information you have on the subject would be very gratefully recieved! Has this particular population been introduced at some time? Many thanks - Lord Muzzy

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They've been known there for

They've been known there for 20 years. The study was published in the Herpetological Bulletin. According the the genetics they are likely to originate from eastern Romania. It's unclear how they got there. The article is:

Nash, D.J. 2011. Assessment of an atypical population of grass snakes Natrix natrix in the Aire Valley, UK

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Aire Valley Natrix natrix

Thanks for that, much appreciated!