Hunting Grass Snake?

31st May 2011, Tuesday

I visit the pond in Red Barn Field Sedlescombe┬ámost days. Today this Grass Snake was seen swimming in circles at the surface. It then dived vertically & using its tail as a counter balance at the surface, moved its head back & forth over the pond floor. It then came to the surface near some water crowfoot , and stayed with it’s head out of the water. An approaching palmate newt below the surface caused it to move its head in the direction of the newt. It didn’t attack the newt though, and very soon sped off across the pond-perhaps it sensed my presence. Colin Boyd by email

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Taking a breather after the dive

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The dive in progress with the tail still on the surface