Dice Snake

Dice Snake

Water snake

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Suborder
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Natrix tessellata
Population size
Unknown
LENGTH
1-1.3 m

The Dice snake is a nonvenomous snake found in Eurasia. Its color may vary from greyish green to brownish or almost black, with dark spots on the back. The belly is sometimes vividly colored in yellow or orange, with black spots, very similar to dice, hence the name. Females of this species are bigger than males.

Di

Diurnal

Ca

Carnivore

Pi

Piscivores

Se

Semiaquatic

Pr

Predator

Te

Terrestrial

Ov

Oviparous

Pr

Precocial

No

Non-venomous

Ge

Generally solitary

Hi

Hibernating

D

starts with

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Dice snakes are terrestrial and spend much of their time in the water hunting for fish and other aquatic animals. When feeling threatened, they spread a very bad-smelling secretion from their cloaca or play dead. Dice snakes are generally solitary but during the mating season, they congregate in large groups. Starting October they hide in dry holes near the water where they hibernate until April.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Dice snakes are carnivores (piscivores) and frequently feed on fish. Sometimes, they will also take amphibians such as frogs, toads, and tadpoles.

Mating Habits

REPRODUCTION SEASON
March-May
FEMALE NAME
female
MALE NAME
male
BABY NAME
snakelet
BABY CARRYING
10-30 eggs

The breeding season of Dice snakes takes place between March and May and egg-laying is usually in July. The female lays a clutch of 10-30 eggs which hatch in early September.

Population

Population threats

Dice snakes are not considered endangered at present, however, they suffer from loss of the wetland habitat in some areas of their range, pollution, roadkill, persecution by people, and collection for the pet trade.

Population number

According to IUCN, the Dice snake is locally common throughout its range but no overall population estimate is available. Currently, this species is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List but its numbers today are decreasing.

References

1. Dice Snake on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dice_snake
2. Dice Snake on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/157256/5062170

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