Adder birth and others

I spent a morning out in the field on Saturday, Carl picked me up and headed to a good spot for Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis). This reptile has a discontinuous distribution up north, although a lot of this could be down to lack of dedicated searchers. We quickly found 5 specimens, including a gravid female. Next up was some open moorland where Carl quickly found a grass snake (Natrix natrix) and a female adder (Vipera berus). Close to where we saw the adder I spotted a newborn specimen sat out in the grass, on closer inspection we found another 7 babies within a radius of about three metres. This is the first time I have seen newborn adders, likely only a day or so old. After this nice encounter Carl found another (bigger) grass snake, we saw another female adder and then had fun photographing good numbers of accommodating common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) along a drystone wall. Thanks to Alan and Neil for their help searching in the field after bumping into each other out doing the same thing.

Slow-worms (Anguis fragilis) found under a piece of tin (C) Matt Wilson

Slow-worms (Anguis fragilis) found under a piece of tin (C) Matt Wilson

Big,  gravid female slow worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Big, gravid female slow worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Another, smaller slow worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Another, smaller slow worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Grass snake (Natrix natrix) about to slough it's skin (C) Matt Wilson

Grass snake (Natrix natrix) about to slough it’s skin (C) Matt Wilson

Newborn adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Newborn adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Two newborn adders (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Two newborn adders (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Common toad (Bufo bufo) (C) Matt Wilson

Common toad (Bufo bufo) (C) Matt Wilson

Big grass snake (Natrix natrix) (C) Matt Wilson

Big grass snake (Natrix natrix) (C) Matt Wilson

Young common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Young common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Young common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Young common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Adult male common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Adult male common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Two common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Two common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Same (C) Matt Wilson

Same (C) Matt Wilson

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