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Jun 16, 2015

Close encounter in the riverside reeds

Photo by Paul Fouracre / LNP
A Common Moorhen (Gallinulla chloropus) comes extremely close to a large Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) at Riverside County Park in Rainham, Kent, in southeast England. The Grass Snake is the largest reptile in Great Britain, with a few specimens measuring just over 6 ft. in length.   This non-venomous creature is also called the Ringed Snake for the white ring around the neck, just behind the head.   Grass snakes eats amphibians.   This stand-off lasted 15 minutes with the moorhen ultimately chasing away the snake.
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