Sunbathing snakes

The hottest day of the year so far (17C), so I decided to check the Adder site not too far from where I live. Arriving at the spot around 11:30am, it was already quite warm, and for the first hour of searching I didn’t find a thing! To be honest, it was probably too hot for most adders, but after a little more searching I came across a male specimen moving over some dead bracken. After some photos I wasn’t expecting too much more as it was now 17C, but walking along a drystone I saw another larger male Adder moving along in search of prey. This was a nice observation as it was in a different spot to where I had found the other snakes at this site. After photographing this specimen I went searching for a further 10 minutes or so, and then on the way back, I saw the same adder climbing the drystone wall, inserting its head into the cracks in search of food.

Here are a few photos and videos from today:

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson


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