Close-up shot of another wild Female Adder (Vipera berus), cropped in to about 60%, taken on the South Downs, Sussex last week, handheld, the subject being about 5 inches from the hood of the macro lens. I was in the company of an experienced guide, licensed to handle Adders and Smooth snakes, so the whole exercise was perfectly safe.
These fascinating and poisonous creatures deliver their venom by a stabbing action, rather than biting. The lower jaw hinges down, allowing the fangs to flap down from the roof of the mouth and then the creature lunges forward towards its victim with a stabbing action. The venom has the effect of causing the victims blood vessels to break down and disintegrate.
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