A thing I love about this time of year is the opportunity to see one of my favorite native species*, the Adder (Vipera berus). This week the weather’s been perfect for spotting the males that have come out of hibernation. Over the past couple of years I have headed for a site I know in Derbyshire, which has proved particularly fruitful for observing both male and female Adders. These are such wonderful creatures, and spotting them as they bask in the spring sun is just superb. The place in Derbyshire is great, but this week I was lucky enough to observe 3 males at a site that’s completely new to me – literally 20 minutes from my home! It was so cool. It’s got me counting down to my visit to Corfu* in a few weeks, where I hope to find and film the Adder’s close and more venomous relative, the Nose-horned Viper (Vipera ammodytes). Here’s a clip of a female Adder found last year, which is not quite as conspicuously coloured as any of the males I saw this week, but is still a beautiful looking snake.
Please note: I DO NOT endorse the disturbance or handing of wild snakes. Many are protected, and some are very dangerous and should only be handled, when necessary, by experienced professionals. This clip was made for educational purposes only.
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