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Snake in the Grass (Vipera berus)

By teocali
This is a wild female adder (Vipera berus) taken some years ago on the South Downs near Storrington. I was accompanied by someone who is licensed to handle these amazing creatures. He tracks the adder population for the local council, by recording the unique "signature" pattern on each reptiles head, thus giving an idea of numbers. Adders are shy creatures and will only bite if surprised - dog walkers beware! They are the only poisonous snake living wild in the UK.

Tags: Wildlife Wild Female Grass Snake Reptile South downs Adder Poisonous Vipera berus Wildlife and nature

Voters: PhilT2, lil48, mike9005 and 21 more

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lil48 11 25
12 Aug 2020 11:16AM
Wow when I was looking at the thumbnail I could just see a dark shape. when I viewed it large only then did I see the snake. I wouldn't have took a picture, I'd have calmly walked away. great capture. Lilian
I should have read your blurb first LOL
12 Aug 2020 3:23PM
Well captured. Pleasing composition.
12 Aug 2020 5:35PM
Very well captured Sylvia, they are such beautiful creatures.
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2020 7:25PM
that is a very impressive image
But I would have high tailed it in opposite direction
teocali Plus
13 442 18 England
13 Aug 2020 10:23AM
Many thanks for your clicks and comments with a special thank you to Richard for his valued UA - all really appreciated Smile

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