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    Posted: 18 Sep 2004 at 6:27pm
I was with my son looking for Butterflies at Martin Down (hampshire) when he pointed out to me what I thought was a snake sun bathing on the path.  It was about 12" long, 3/4" wide and plain bronze/brown but Iam sure as seeing many sloworms when growing up it was not that, what could it have been ?
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Sounds like an adder to me. A site I know well in central Lincs has a good population of adders and these are frequently bronze or even copper in colour, although on closer examination their markings are clearly visible.

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sound like adder, slow worms are more discreet then that
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Could have been either; an Adder, or a Smooth Snake.

The Adder is the most likely of the two to be seen in that area.

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smooth snakes are very very very rare in England... I think Adder
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Yes, me too, but it's a possibility of it being a Coronella austriaca...

Most probably a Vipera berus

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how rare are coronella really, I know that they are, but how many
sightings per month can be expected compared with the Adder of the
Grass snake?
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