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Grass Snakes, Mating

Observed: 7th July 2010 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesSimon Walker’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesSimon Walker’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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Description:

I was looking through some older photos and I came across these, which I'd almost forgotten about. They were oblivious of observers for a couple of minutes, then separated and each went his or her own way.
Even though they're a couple of years old, I thought they might be of interest. I've not seen this before or since.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Chalkie's picture

Unusual!

I can't say I've ever seen that before. I've not a snake at all for a couple of years. Thanks for sharing it.

Masked Marvel's picture

Interesting

Interesting observation! If they are actually mating it would be very unusual as they usually mate earlier in the year in April and May and should be laying eggs by June.

Simon Walker's picture

I thought it was a bit late too;

but I can't imagine what else they might be doing. The first six months of 2010 were very dry, but I don't know about temperatures.

If they are mating, they're a month late.

Interesting, isn't it?

Masked Marvel's picture

Did you see their heads at

Did you see their heads at all? I was wondering whether they could have both got hold of the same prey item?

March to June 2010 was dry and warm as far as I can recall so I wouldn't have thought they would be delayed because of weather. They don't usually mate in water either but there are always exceptions to rules...

Simon Walker's picture

Saw their heads...

but didn't get a photo. They hadn't got hold of the same prey item, though. Bit of a mystery then. Hmm. Another one to add to the list.

Regards

orangeclass's picture

cool pic man snakes mateing

cool pic man snakes mateing cool