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Viperine Water Snake

Observed: 4th June 2013 By: BruceHBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Viperine Water Snake
Viperine Water Snake
Description:

This headless snake was found on a flood protection bank by a river.
What would behead a snake? Bird of prey or possible an otter?

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Masked Marvel's picture

I think the most likely

I think the most likely culprit would be a human...

dejayM's picture

human..

Yes, THAT looks likely. What a shame.
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BruceH's picture

Human....not too sure

I am not too sure about the human possibility. There is what looks like sand on the top of the body, and the river, only 40ft or so away, has got a sandy beach along it; so the snake was probably caught there. I can't see why a human would catch the snake on the sand and carry it up to the top of the flood barrier, going through a small wooded area on the way, in order to dispatch it (what looks like the head is visible by the body).

As you say, what a shame (who/what ever did it).