Wildlife to Visit of the Family Viperidae

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc

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There are 2 wildlife species pictured below. Some species can only be seen during certain months. Wildlife that has been observed at this time of year are shown first preceeded by a green bar. Wildlife that can be seen at a different time of year is show last preceeded by a blue bar.

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Adder (Vipera berus) All year round.
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Family: Viperidae

Habitat: Heathlands, meadows, woodland, hedgerows, lowland calcareous grassland and dune heath.

Size: Length 60 cm (24 in).

Food: Small mammals, birds, lizards, amphibians and slow worms.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Adders are not usually aggressive, tending to be rather timid and biting only when cornered or alarmed. The venom toxicity is relatively low however there have been fatalities.

Adder (Vipera berus) © Chris Parker cc
Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) All year round.
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Family: Viperidae

Habitat: Woodland and ponds.

Size: Length ♀ 90-110 cm (35in-43 in) ♂ 50 cm (20 in). 75 5 7.3 7.5

Food: Amphibians, ants and larvae.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Grass snakes are strong swimmers and are also called the water snake.

Some have been recorded over 190cm (75in) long.

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) © photo by Swallowtall Garden Seeds PD
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