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Added: 18th July 2013
We found this Grass Snake in the middle of a small country road, close to a disused canal and it alternated between playing dead and writhing about with its jaws wide open. It was also bleeding quite a lot from the mouth and nose and although it didn't appear to have been run over, we assumed it was on its last legs (so to speak) and I actually moved it to the side of the road. Having just read up on the subject, I now gather this is actually all part of its bizarre defence strategy.