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Tiny Snake

Observed: 13th July 2008 By: MuddyBootsMuddyBoots’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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Description:

15 - 20cm long, crossing the path on a sunny day in cona glen.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Comments

2seebugswithme's picture

Looks Like an adder

Looks Like an adder

2seebugswithme's picture

Looks Like an adder

Looks Like an adder

Syrphus's picture

There is no doubt - it is an

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.

M.

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Masked Marvel's picture

Hello Syrphus I believe a

Hello Syrphus

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.

Syrphus's picture

I heard about this myself

I heard about this myself last week - a confirmation from Dumfries & Galloway. Still - it is a good long slither from there to the Highlands!

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ktmartin's picture

Adder for sure - probably a female

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.

anonymous spotter's picture

The size is not surprising -

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.