The first brave adder emerges

Although later than last year, the temperatures up on the tops are still quite cold, and below zero after dark. Today with sun and a 9c air temperature I tried to find the first Adder (Vipera berus) of the year.  Although the conditions first appeared promising, an icy breeze took hold on the open, exposed moors. Despite this, the first brave male snake was basking next to his hibernacula, the same specimen which was first to emerge last year. He was very still and allowed for a close approach, obviously rather cold from the breeze. A real treat after 5 months of very boring Winter!

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson 2013

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson 2013

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson 2013

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson 2013

By Matt Wilson