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Common Snakes In Northern Europe

Spring is the perfect time for snakes to prove themselves. The sun is shining and they lay on rocks and beaches, and suddenly, a rustle in the grass when you walk. Those snakes are the most common in Northern Europe.

Viper

When the first warm rays of sun peeking also the Viper show up. They are usually around 60 centimeters and can be recognized by its ring-like pattern.viper-snake

The viper is the only wild snake in Scandinavia, which is poisonous. It is rare that someone dies of a viper bite as long as the person gets medical care. The cure is per default cortisone.

Before the spring warmth coming, the snake hibernates underground. In freezing temperatures, it can only survive half an hour.

The best protection against the viper’s bite is still what most learned in kindergarten, namely rubber boots. Vipers cannot bite through the rubber.

Grass snake

Another snake that is common to hit is the grass snake. In Sweden, there are two different snakes –  Grass snakes and smooth snakes. Smooth snake, not many have seen as it is very unusual. grass-snake-2

Grass snakes cannot harm people, but they still try to discourage those who encroach on its territory. The snake can spray a secretion that smells really bad. Another variation is to play dead.

Formerly grass snakes were popular in dishes, but nowadays all snakes preserved by law for example Sweden. Most snakes you see in nature is often smaller than the viper, but a grass snake can actually be 130 centimeters long and weigh 2.5 kg!

Snakes are common in the archipelago (they swim well), and the viper is the species of snakes that occur mostly in Northern Europe.

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