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Grass snakes begin mating season in southern Germany

Weingarten, Germany (efe-epa).- Love was in the air for a nest of grass snakes living in marshland near Weingarten in southern Germany on Monday, an epa correspondent reported.

Also known as ringed or water snakes, the Eurasian grass snake (Natrix natrix) is a non-venomous reptile that spends much of its time near water, feasting on amphibians.

But as spring sets in, the thought of appetizing frogs slips from the mind of these serpents and a more pressing matter takes priority: the preservation of the species.

Males and females collide and twist their bodies around in a dance-like mating ceremony.

The leathery eggs will later be laid in piles of grass, compost or rotting vegetation for maximum humidity.

Grass snakes, a common visitor to gardens across Europe, can be characterized by their yellow collars and may play dead when approached.

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