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Posted by Valerio on July 16, 1999 at 20:03:21:

In Reply to: It's a cool one! posted by Russ on July 16, 1999 at 06:54:22:

Hi Russ,
Sorry, I could not get any pic of Natrix natrix and besides I still have not scaner and own web page.
This snake bites in quite rare ocasions only and it is not venomous, it sometimes can simulate death to confuse its enemies (o herpers :) ) o regurgitate recently eaten prey, but usually secretes nasty smelling liquid. You are lucky if this not happened. Hope you are doing cool in Latvia. All the best...

: Hi Valerio,
: Well the snake is pretty tame and does not bite. It hisses very loudly and puffs its head out to scare people off but does not bite. It does not smell either. Can you get a picture of one and attach it your post? It's good to hear from you, hope all is well in Ukrain!:)

: : Hi Russ,
: : I was thinking you are in Spain. From what you describe it`s certainly Natrix natrix (as far as I know it`s called grass snake in UK). It`s a most usual species in Europe and need care similar to that of Nerodia. It usually lives near rivers, ponds etc, sweems well and feeds fishes, frogs and tadpoles. Wild specimens stink pretty well :)
: : Feel free to email me. See ya...
: : : Hi Valerio,
: : : If you remeber me I am the military guy that talked to you in March about Latvia. Well I'm here and I found my first snake...just not sure what it is. Looks like a rat snake of some is blueish black with a bright orange patch on both sides of his cheeks. He does not look poisonous but any help identifying it will be appreciated.
: : : By the way this place is very beautiful. Hope to hear from you soon.
: : : Russ

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