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Nick F

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

    While we were out walking along the cliffs between Folkestone and Dover on Saturday, peering down off the edge down at a sloping area of mud and grass above the chalk we saw a baby snake, not quite sure from its markings whether it's an Adder or Grass snake, anybody care to identify it?

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    Adders are apparently fairly common along the cliff tops, but not sure with his one as it was v. samll and young.

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    thats a ADDER nick...we have loads up the hills here with warning posts..they cant kill If I remeber right..but a nasty bite...the Cotsworlds is infested with them up the lime stone quaries

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    Count yourself Lucky, most people have not seen a native British snake in their lives :)

    I agree with the Adder verdict b/w

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

    Thanks for the replies, would seem it's an adder then.

    I think snakes in parts of the UK are more common than people think, I've seen them on a fair few occasions now, usually basking in the sun in long-grass, though the most interesting and less usual occasion was last year when I saw a snake trying to devour a toad in some undergowth in some woods in the county - though that occasion may have been a grass snake.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    I've seen many snakes around here in my lifetime, 3 of them have actually ventured into the house.

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    Most people are far too noisy to see snakes, they crash around making loads of noise and the snakes slither away, thats what I meant :lol:

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  • Location: South Pole
  • Location: South Pole

    Certainly an adder. They like sandy heaths, so you'll often get them on the Surrey Downs and the Kent Wealds. Plenty of them in the Chilterns and the N York Moors (they like the heather).

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  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......
  • Weather Preferences: Hot & Sunny, Cold & Snowy
  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......

    If anyone has any 'local knowledge' of sites for grass snakes and Adders in our locale we'd very much appreciate a nod.

    Jamie is nature crazy ('Dat's my Boy!') but we've not had time or opportunity to go a huntin'. I imagine that Adders and Common Lizard will be pretty common up on the moors hereabouts and the Grass snakes likewise in the damper Vally's feasting on the frogs! so if anyone has local knowledge of 'hot spots' then let us know!!!

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