"Adders" United Kingdom Warnings Or Dangers Tip by leics

United Kingdom Warnings and Dangers: 158 reviews and 128 photos

The only poisonous snake in the UK is the adder or viper. It ranges in colour from whitish grey to yellowy or reddish-brown, and is 60 -75 cm long. A darker zig-zag marking runs down its spine, with a V or X shape on the head. Adders like rough country, such heather or bracken-covered moorland, but are very shy and unaggressive. I've only ever seen one in 40+ years of walking (that's why there's no photo, but google images will provide one if you look).

Adders will not bite you UNLESS YOU HURT THEM FIRST. The bite is rarely fatal, but you should seek medical attention promptly.

Adders are a protected species so it is against the law to kill them. If you are lucky enough to see one, treat it as a great photo-opportunity!

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  • Written May 11, 2004
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