Common Grass Snake
|Common Grass Snake|
|Official Name||Common Grass Snake|
|Common Nicknames||Green Serpent, Common Wiggler|
The Common Grass Snake, as implied in the name, is an extremely common and widespread animal. Known for its annoying habit of nesting in gardens and bushels, the Common Grass Snake has a reputation for scaring adults and children alike due to its easily camouflaged form. The population of the Common Grass Snake has known no rate of decline. In fact, well-trained scholars state the opposite, that the population is increasing at an alarming rate.
The Common Grass Snake has been known to exist for countless generations and has no truly known origin point. By the time of the Altalar and their expansive Allorn Empire, the animal already had a heavy populace both in Daen and in the lands beyond. There are even tales that the creature's reached Farah'deen, and clung to the coasts, at least until the Great Storm. But as for the broader population, it wasn't until around 150 BC, when they started to arrive in the Regalian Archipelago. It’s unclear as to how or why they reached this region so late, though this is not a widely discussed point. What is and was widely debated, however, is how to effectively get rid of them. Once they started making their way into the urban centers, and in later decades, the parks and home gardens, many people found them both a fright and annoying to the degree that they wished to remove them by force. These efforts largely failed, but over the decades, more effective methods of Common Grass Snake termination have been found. Ideally, though, they are dealt with by finding, grabbing, and tossing a young one into a wild area where it will be both safer from others, and less likely to instill fear. Following the Chrysant War, an enormous fervor against them emerged, and this has largely continued into today, across the Regalian Empire, yet they still remain populace, hiding in the crannies of urban areas and the rugged wilds.
The Common Grass Snake is exceedingly simple in appearance. They are between three to five feet in length, with a barely present weight. They have a medium-length head and snout, with small yellow or green slitted eyes, and a small mouth lacking fangs, instead only possessing a jaw capable of unhinging itself to swallow prey. The rest of the animal is sleek and simple, a cylindrical body that gradually tapers off to a point. Their body is covered in dark green scales, with a pale, yellowed underbelly.
There is no visible differences between males and female Common Grass Snakes. Their population numbers are generally equal.
Life Span and Development
Common Grass Snakes are born from small, oblong white eggs, laid and hatched in a nest built for this purpose. When a nest cannot be made, the Grass Snake will instead attempt to lay the eggs in the densest foliage as close to the ground as possible, to mask their presence. These egg clutches number anywhere between three to six. Once they have emerged, baby Grass Snakes look identical to their parents, though they are only an inch or two long. They then fan out, looking to survive, primarily eating insects and tiny creatures in their early weeks, though they rapidly mature to their adult size within one to three months, now being capable of eating larger prey. They can live for up to twenty years in the wild or in captivity, though the second option is rare.
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. They make unsuitable pets as, while capable of being kept in confinement for a period of several weeks, they will grow aggressive, and seek escape, rarely willing to tolerate enclosed areas except on their own terms.
Territory and Groupings
The Common Grass Snake doesn’t migrate without reason. When the reptile reaches adulthood, it will try to find the furthest place away from their home nest to call their own. Once they have mated though, the male migrates, while the female only does so after the eggs have been laid. This continues theoretically until the day they die. Common Grass Snakes don’t attack their own kind, though they’re not known to work in groups beyond coincidence.
- The extremely simple nature of the Common Grass Snake has led some to suggest the animals are the base model for all other species of serpent in Aloria, from the Cobravv to the Stone Forest Snake.