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European Grass Snake behavior

The European Grass Snake, with its rather plain though beautiful color pattern, is often a joy to keep as a pet.Unless you obtain a captive bred snake, it is best to leave this animal in the wild, since its numbers are flagging and wild caught populations must be preserved.

Despite their land-oriented name, the European Grass Snake is a very good swimmer. They are often seen basking on cool sunny days in open areas. Although these snakes rarely bite and are not venomous, they can give off a rather disgusting odor when disturbed. They may also hiss when scared. It will draw itself up in a fierce imitation of a cobra and spit in an attempt to thwart the predator. If the European Grass Snake is extremely frightened, it will go into a dramatic enactment of death, flipping over onto its back and flopping its tongue out of its mouth.

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