Vipera berus, female about to slough.
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Ph. Tommaso Borghetti
Cadaver of the young exemplar on the road to Ještěd.
60 cm long (estimated)
Found under closed deciduous forrest canopy. Temperature: 32°C. Length: +- 30 cm
Vipera berus, the common European adder or common European viper, is a venomous viper species that is extremely widespread and can be found throughout most of Western Europe and as far as East Asia. Known by a host of common names including common adder and common viper, adders have been the subject of much folklore in Britain and other European countries. They are not regarded as especially dangerous; the snake is not aggressive and usually bites...