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Snake in the Grass

Adders at Branton Lakes

We’re well into April now and I’ve only just seen my first adder of the season! This isn’t for any peculiar nature phenomenon – such as the snakes emerging much later – but rather that I hadn’t had an opportunity to go looking for them until yesterday.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

Close up photo of an adder
A snake in the grass at Branton Nature Conservation Area (15 Apr 2023)

While I only got to see this one, I’ve spoken to people who have reported seeing as many as 12 adders in the nature reserve and, of course, much earlier in the season (towards late February).

Photo of an adder coiled on a grassy bank
Adder coiled on grassy bank at Branton Lakes

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