Which snake is good at sums? ADDERS!!!

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Painfully lame jokes aside, I had a very nice day on Saturday out searching for Adders (Vipera berus) at a moorland site in north England. Once again I met up with Carl Corbidge who had seen 7 vipers the previous weekend, and at 9am we set out to see what was around, the weather was quite cold, but there was thankfully no wind, and the day was overcast with some brief sunny spells. Close to a freshwater pond we spotted the first two male Adders basking from quite deep within some bracken, soon afterwards the sun showed itself and we found a group of 4 Adders basking together on a south facing slope. Behind this we found another two Adders basking on top of each other, and at a different site we saw an additional 6 adders, again all male specimens. At around 2pm the weather got a bit colder, darker and with more wind, so we called it a day and went for some lunch!

In addition, this week I appeared on Allan Beswick’s breakfast show on BBC Radio Manchester, discussing the recently published national survey that reports that Adders were only found in 7% of surveyed areas and that the species is in great decline across the country. To read the report, click here

Plenty of photos from the day:

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Three Adders (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) same specimen as photographed in September 2010 (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Two Adders (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) habitat (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson

2 comments on “Which snake is good at sums? ADDERS!!!

  1. Have your name from Andrew Gray. Have seen a snake in S.France. About 250mm long. Putty (yellowy) pointed head with small black squiggles on it. Changes to mid grey behind head. V small scales. Local people call it an ASPIC and tell me it’s venomous. Specimen seen was sunning on a rock, slid off into a brook, swam across and into a hole in the bank. Can’t find it in European Snake book. Any ideas ?

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