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    Posted: 25 Aug 2012 at 5:57pm
Just found this male smooth snake in Purbeck while collecting data.  Not seen one like this before; almost black towards the tail end, but nearer normal nearer the head.  I think a couple of fully melanstic smooth snakes were found within a few miles of this site a couple of years ago.

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with a more normal male for comparison:









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Nice find Will, thanks for sharing.
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Good spotting Will I am trying my best for a late in season week at Wareham but this weekend being a holiday detered me hooking up the caravan I have usually had a few trips to Purbeck etc under the belt by now, I have never been so late in the field.I will have to take a print off of your smoothies to remind me what they look like if I see one keith

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Hi Keith

good luck - should be some around trying to get some sun before it's too late!  here's a couple of pics of a gravid animal found basking right next to a tin to whet your appetite

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Cheers Will I find smoothies tend to allow you to photo them with out taking off so quick as our other lot,have you found this hence the curling position ?keith
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you're right Keith; she knew the game was up and just hunkered down while I took some photos.  Completely exposed to all predators, especially aerial ones like buzzards etc, silly girl!
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found another partly melanistic one today, a year on from the last one - this time a juvenile about 3 miles from the previous record, still on Purbeck.  Similar markings, with more oatmeal at the front and more black at the back end:




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