Common Grass Snake
|Common Grass Snake|
|Official Name||Common Grass Snake|
The Grass Snake, as implied in the name, is a hilariously common and widespread animal. The combination of its near refusal to die, as well as the heavy emphasis its body has on reproduction, has made the animal something of a marvel. Known for its annoying habit of nesting in gardens and bushels, the Grass Snake has a reputation for scaring adults and children alike due to its unsuspecting nature. The population of the Common Grass Snake has no rate of declining; in fact, biological experts state the opposite, that the population is increasing at an alarming rate.
The Grass Snake is assumed to have originated from Sendras, though no one actually knows for sure considering that when they first appeared, it took no time at all for them to spread across the known world. Only the truly inhospitable areas have been able to keep the grass snake out, areas such as the Shadow Isles or Drowda, where magical influences would corrupt them. The true documentation of this animal came around 150 AC, when they started to infest the Regalian Archipelago. It’s unclear as to how or why they reached lands across the sea, though this is not a widely debated point. What is and was widely debated, however, is how to effectively get rid of them. Once they started making their way into Regalia’s parks and grass, many people found them annoying to the degree that they wished to remove them by force. It was quickly found that they were more than frustrating to remove or destroy, thus most of the population gave up, in lieu of the fact that the snake actually do little harm to Ailor or the other sentient races. From this point onwards, they seem to have spread further north into Ithania and Fendarfelle, sticking to areas that are densely populated with flora. This isn't to say the snake hasn’t spread to Ellador and Farah’deen, however, but there are simply less of them there though in greater varieties..
Perhaps the most interesting detail of the Grass Snake is its exceptional diversity according to country or area, of which there are roughly hundreds of catalogued varieties. All of these different species conform to the same size and shape, though the colour of their scales and their behaviour vary greatly. They can be between one and a half feet to three feet in length, depending on their environment. Colder climates seem to yield shorter snakes, and vice versa. The same can be said for their scales; cold climates yield blue and white scales, while hotter temperatures give red and yellow scales. Green and grey are also other common scale colours in all climates previously mentioned. All Grass Snakes have two sets of sharp, gnashing teeth that can be retracted at will. They have no venom glands, instead relying on the pure force from their unhinged jaw to finish off prey in one go. The single most important thing that allows them to survive, however, is the extreme rate of which their blood clots. If a Grass Snake were cut in half, then it would be able to regenerate its lost section within a matter of weeks. This would make their blood and tallow of great value, though no one has ever found a way to replicate the clotting effects. The only thing it serves to do is make them hilariously unkillable. They’re capable of regenerating more than 75% of their body over the period of years, though any more stress and the snake is likely to die as the majority of their vital organs are located in the front quarter.
The only differences that separate the males and females of the species are the organs they use to reproduce. Grass Snakes look exactly the same as each other in terms of sexual dimorphism, and even then, they are sequential hermaphrodites that can take on the opposite gender when breeding needs to occur.
Life Span and Development
As far as researchers know, the Grass Snake can live up to fifty years old. It doesn’t seem to grow old or slowly stop functioning as it ages, rather, it usually dies either of disease or natural causes if it lives this long. They breed all the way from the beginning of adulthood at five months up to their end, which is one of the primary reasons they’ve become so widespread and pestial.
While many seem to believe that Grass Snakes are aggressive or dangerous in some way, they are actually very docile to Ailor and other large sentient creatures. They prefer small rodents or other animals for food, and don’t attack without being provoked in some physical way. While they are docile, they die very quickly in captivity due to the extreme stress that it causes them. This makes them unsuitable as pets, as they would only live a few days before expiring.
Territory and Groupings
The Common Grass Snake doesn’t migrate without reason. When the snake reaches adulthood, it will try to find the furthest place away from their home nest and seek a mate. When they mate, they stay in the same place until their young hatch. They then migrate again, seeking other potential mates in their region. The snake doesn’t attack its own kind, though they’re not known to work in groups beyond coincidence.
- The original researcher of the snake was heavily visually impaired, leading to the official name of the snake almost being called the “Grass Ekans”.
- Many people whose homes are infested have resorted to burning the snakes due to their regenerative abilities. This had led to a small niche of jobs in pest control usually known as “snake burners”.