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I know this picture would be more appropriate for Trek Nature but still .., having grown up in a home with numerous snakes I found it fascinating.
The ring or water snake (german: Ringelnatter) is not an uncommon sight around the eastern Finnish lakes. This beautiful example lived in and around the sauna hut at my in laws place in Punkaharju in eastern Finland. Every morning it was basking in the sun on the stones of the staircase leading down to the lake. I was especially intrigued by its bright blue eyes.
Natrix Natrix can be found almost everywhere from northern Africa up to Scandinavia. It is a non venomous snake, about 4 feet long and lives normally close to fresh water where it feeds mainly of amphibians such as frogs. It likes to hide under stones or rotting wood where forest meet water. As with most snakes it needs to regulate its body temperature with basking in the sun.

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Additional Photos by Daniel Solinger (marabu61) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 694 W: 62 N: 1233] (7403)
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