Snake in a Lake
Me and my kids went on a bike ride to a little forest lake today, to smell the bog-myrtle and Labrador tea, hide a geocache and eat some Finnish marshmallows. And what did we encounter when walking along the shore? A swimming snake!
It was a grass snake, Sw. snok, Lat. Natrix natrix, venomless and very pretty with its white cheeks and dark body. I gather they like to swim, indeed the Latin name seems to mean "swimmer", and I suppose it was hunting for tadpoles. The mire at the lake's draining point is the scene of wild toad orgies about this time of year, though we saw none today.
Our snake was shy of us, so we left it alone and did our thing.
[More blog entries about snakes, Sweden; ormar, snok, Nacka.]