15 - 20cm long, crossing the path on a sunny day in cona glen.
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Looks Like an adder
There is no doubt - it is an Adder. Nothing else in UK has that zigzag, and it is the only snake to occur wild in Scotland (any 'snake' in Scotland that is not an Adder is a Slow-worm, which is neither snake nor worm but a legless lizard). We have no Grass Snakes.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
I believe a grass snake was recorded in Scotland for the first time last year. Can't remember where offhand, but definitely in the south.
I heard about this myself last week - a confirmation from Dumfries & Galloway. Still - it is a good long slither from there to the Highlands!
It's 100% adder and most likely a female. aside from the black zigzags, they are sandy/beige in colour, while the males are more greeny/grey.
they are not big snakes, being shorter than grass snakes (though generally a bit chunkier). When they were more plentiful, you might have found bigger individuals, maybe up to even 100cm, but sadly they are declining over most of the UK. It is uncommon to find individuals much above 30cm.
Lat/Lng: 56.7959, -5.3486
OS grid ref: NM956721