Seeing the Natrix.

No this isn’t a spelling mistake. The range of creatures which we have seen here has increased by two over the last few days. Yesterday in full daylight we had a bat and today we saw yet another snake.

Walking down close by the pond the wife and I startled a grass snake only a few feet from us. It was in the water just in front of us. It swam off to “duck corner” where the duck nest was. I could almost touch it. The wife was a tad freaked but later felt quite privileged to see it. The swimming was very elegant.

A web search suggests that is was either natrix natrix or natrix Helvetica. It had a nice collar and looked very much like this chap. {Not my photo.}

It was about 80cm long and probably didn’t predate the duck’s eggs, it being too cold back then.

It might however be munching the nascent frogs and toads.

It is pretty special to see a snake swimming in our pond.