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By Meikle Carss - 31st August 2017 8:20am
A little bit of nature was sighted in Church Minshull village centre this week when Larry Bannon found an enormously.... small grass snake proudly making its way across his drive.
Larry managed to catch a very clear video of the little 'beast' on its way and provided the notes from Wikipedia below:
The grass snake is typically dark green or brown in colour with a characteristic yellow collar behind the head, which explains the alternative name 'ringed snake'. The colour may also range from grey to black, with darker colours being more prevalent in colder regions, presumably owing to the thermal benefits of being dark in colour. The underside is whitish with irregular blocks of black, which are useful in recognizing individuals. In Great Britain, the grass snake is the largest reptile, with females reaching up to 80 cm (2 ft 7 in) total length and males usually being somewhat smaller at around 60 cm (2.0 ft) and smaller in girth. Weight is about 240 g (8 oz).
Grass snakes are strong swimmers and may be found close to fresh water, although there is evidence individual snakes often do not need bodies of water throughout the entire season.
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