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Martin Down (Hampshire)

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Topic: Martin Down (Hampshire)
Posted By: Motty
Subject: Martin Down (Hampshire)
Date 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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Posted By: -LAF
Date Posted: 18 Sep 2004 at 10:54pm
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.

Lee.

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Posted By: djp_phillips
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2006 at 3:22pm
sound like adder, slow worms are more discreet then that

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Posted By: Dan Kane
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2006 at 7:47am

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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Posted By: djp_phillips
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2006 at 10:30am
smooth snakes are very very very rare in England... I think Adder

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Posted By: Dan Kane
Date Posted: 31 Jan 2006 at 3:33pm

Yes, me too, but it's a possibility of it being a Coronella austriaca...

Most probably a Vipera berus



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Posted By: djp_phillips
Date Posted: 31 Jan 2006 at 4:44pm
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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