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    Posted: 14 Dec 2016 at 3:46pm
Dorset 14th December.

Unusually mild weather and bright sunshine tempted this female out to bask today.

This population began showing early - Feb 10th - this year. Late to bed and early to rise!




Apart from the Wall lizards I should think that will be it now till next year. Looking forwards to a productive 2017.
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that's warmed my cockles, well doneSmile
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Thanks Will.

(I'm surprised your cockles need warming)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chubsta Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Dec 2016 at 8:08pm
Lovely, warm here too during the day but cold at night, and very good spot in the undergrowth, so well camouflaged!
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@Ray LOL  I'm not getting any younger..
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Up and running again in the south of England.

Six Adders at one site at midday on Thursday 16th February 2017.
The last sighting in 2016 was on the 22nd December giving a 'closed season' here of just 55 days.

I have visited the site several times this year when conditions felt close to being just right but no luck, probably due in the main  to a chilly wind crossing the site. Today good sunshine and no wind. As I stood feeling pretty smug and watching the snakes a local old boy walking his dog shuffled past and said, "I saw them out over a week ago."



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Great to see such clear photo's, still surprised they are out so early, it is warm with the sun out but very chilly otherwise.
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Great stuff! Good photos. 
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Thanks for the comments.

Same area.
Joined by a couple of extra snakes today, and a male Slow Worm (not pictured).



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2017 at 4:57pm
Nice one Ray, glad they're out in sunny Dorset.  I'll give my London sites a try this weekend if the weather is decent.  Interesting obs re the closed season of 55 days - I remember Malcolm Smith's calculation of around 150 days for adders in his 1951 book - global warming or maybe just that people didn't think to look for them so early and so late?  I suspect a bit of both.
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