The cat brought it back as a present !
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the location: this identification could be totally wrong as a result. I'm not familiar with the French herpetofauna.
Another reason, though, why free-roaming cats are Bad News for wildlife.
As it happens this is a grass snake. There are no other similar snakes in the region. There is a very remote chance of it being a young Aesculapian snake but the pattern does not look right and you are on the northerly edge of its range anyway.
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Yes, it is a Grass Snake, my dad told me today!
He was not sure whether it was dead or not, he said that its neck seemed to be broken, but it was still "sort of" moving, so maybe it was dead and its nerves were jumping. Or it was playing dead.
take a while to "realise" that they are dead, and they can writhe in a most distressing manner (an adder, crushed by a car, was the most pathetic sight I've ever seen, I think).
There's a recorded instance of a rattlesnake delivering a serious bite some 20 minutes after decapitation!
Hard to say, grass snakes will play dead then suddenly 'come alive' and slither off at speed.
I'm not too good on snakes, I love them to bits and want one.. Trying to persuade the parents (not working). But I don't know much about their anatomy, so thanks for all this information, maybe if I know a bit more I might get a pet snake out of my parents! :)
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