bobwinn's picture


Observed: 2nd May 2011 By: bobwinnbobwinn’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesbobwinn’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Common Adder

This specimen seemed quite dark in colour, almost 'Black'

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Poppy's picture

I am so jealous! Really great

I am so jealous! Really great picture. Did it take a lot of patience to get it, or did you chance upon the Adder?

bobwinn's picture

Common Adder

I came across it by chance, I was really looking for Pearl Bordered Fritillaries. It was just luck, a good day out at Castle Drogo also saw about 40+ Fritillaries and an early Grayling.

Bob Winn

anonymous spotter's picture

Very dark adders -

are occasionally found, but it could also be a normally-coloured one that's about to slough. I can't see the eyes, unfortunately - they become discoloured as the snaked gets ready to slough.

the naturalist man's picture


My feeling is this is a darker than usual male about to slough its skin, it does not look to be dark enough to be a 'black' adder as found occasionally.

Graham Banwell

Visit the iSpot Yorkshire forum for information on events, issues and news relating to 'God's own country'