The season is coming to an end already…

Today over in Yorkshire I spent what will likely be my last day in the field in 2013 before going back to university. The day started quite cool, foggy and damp. However, despite this a male Adder (Vipera berus) was out basking, probably because he was shedding his skin. Soon afterwards I started turning some stones looking for amphibians, but instead under one large rock I was treated to a male and female adder huddled together. After a few seconds the female started to wake and she made her way off before I had chance to replace the rock back over them. Then the male started flickering his tongue so I gently put the rock back over him before he realized what was going on. After a while it got a little warmer and I saw two different female adders out basking and later on I also saw the female that was under the stone out basking. The male was still under the large stone almost six hours later when I checked out of curiosity.

Male adder (Vipera berus) soon going to slough (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) soon going to slough (C) Matt Wilson

Male and female adder (Vipera berus) in situ (C) Matt Wilson

Male and female adder (Vipera berus) in situ (C) Matt Wilson

Mrs adder starts to wake up! (C) Matt Wilson

Mrs adder starts to wake up! (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus), this specimen is now sadly blind in her left eye (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus), this specimen is now sadly blind in her left eye (C) Matt Wilson

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By Matt Wilson