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"Crossed Adders" Västra Götalands län Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Elena77

  Sun bathing grass snake
by Elena77

In Sweden you can find 3 different kinds of snakes: grass snakes, crossed adders and smooth snakes. The only poisonous of these species is the crossed adder which lives in almost every part of Sweden. These snakes have an average length of 50 – 70 cm, they linger in forest aisles, at the edges of woods (preferably coniferous woods), bogs, heathland and stony areas. The colour pattern varies, most have some kind of zigzag dorsal pattern down the entire length of the body and tail, however. Gladly crossed adders naturally are not aggressive and they will avoid encountering humans. An incommoded crossed adder will most probably flee under a rock or into vegetation. Nevertheless they will bite when being massively hassled: don’t try to touch them and watch your step.
A crossed adder’s poison is dangerous only for small children, old people, allergy sufferers and pets (similar to wasp stings). Visit a doctor immediately after a snake bite! The Swedish word for crossed adder is „huggorm“. It will be sufficient to tell the doctor the snake’s name, it will not be necessary to kill the animal to take it to the doctor’s surgery. Crossed adders are protected animals!
And don’t worry too much! I’ve been „crawling“ through the Swedish countryside many times on search for rune stones and stone circles. And the only snake I’ve ever come across was the lovely (and completely harmless) grass snake you can see on the photo. The reptile was sun bathing and just minding its own business! ; )


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  • Written Jan 12, 2009
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