About this object

Rather large snake with fairly well-defined, rounded head. Colour variable but most have characteristic yellow, white or orange collar bordered with black just behind the head. Body usually olive-grey, greenish, olive-brown or grey with various dark blotches and occasional light stripes. Length up to 200 cm, females larger than males.

Object specifics

  • Accession no.
  • Scientific name
    Natrix helvetica (Lacépède, 1789)
  • Classification
  • Common name
    Grass Snake
  • Collector
    S B C
  • Date collected
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Dorset: Isle of Purbeck
  • Measurements
    total length 22.8cm; weight 32.5g
  • Credit line
    Donated by Ian Prestt, 1963
  • Red Book Data status
  • Other number(s)
    Collection Number: 39/62
Object view = Natural Science
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