Adder (Vipera berus)
Caught out today, only just got a shot from full zoom as it slunked into the grass!
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This female adder was basking in scattered sunshine on a heath.
2 adult males basking near hibernacula.
Adult female, probably gravid basking on rocks on several mornings.
Melanistic, only about an inch wide, sunning in a small ditch on the north side of the road. My approach scared it into a hole in the grassy side of the ditch. Pinned location not exact but pretty close; I was walking between the bus stops.
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...