Sunbathing on a disused road.
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Good phot. Classic "get out of my face" pose.
- although the lady doesn't seem too happy about it!
This is a wonderful picture of a female adder about to strike. Did she strike or pull away?
They often go into this pose just to threaten when confronted with humans; I have to say it always works with me, I back off very slowly as sudden movements or noises can make them strike. I've been watching adders for over 40 years and have never been bit because I am careful and take no chances.
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This was my very first close-up encounter with a live Adder. I knew that this was going to be a very special Austin Stevens photograph moment for me and that I was going to try and make the best of it, photograph and nature is my passion. I was not even sure that it was an Adder at that moment in time although I was treating it as one. A friend had walked pass it when I brought it to his attention. I moved in towards the Adder very slowly while taking a few shots until I felt that it was at the point of a strike and then took the photo. I then backed off very slowly and then the Adder moved into the grass a few feet away.
Nice comments from Mr Graham Banwell with 40 years experience with snakes to a person who knows very little about them. Thanks for your Add an Adder website link. I may add it to the website but I would like to check the grid reference point first.
I thank the Ispoters for their identifications and appreciated comments.
Very interesting, I have never seen a big serpent like this in U.K in Nature. Thank you for posting and for your comments
old records of grass snakes approach 2m, but these days the reduced numbers mean less variation, and much over 1m is a good size for them. Adders rarely exceed about 0.5m - again, when there were more of them there would have been bigger individuals.
Lat/Lng: 55.2, -2.6
OS grid ref: NY6293