E.J.Wilkins

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Adder or Viper

I saw this Adder / Viper at the end of February this year, it was basking in the sunshine alongside a rural path. It's only the second one I've seen in the twelve years we've lived near the New Forest.

The Adder - Vipera berus - is the UK's only poisonous snake. It is protected by law.

This one was slightly less than a foot (30 cm) long. The body at the head about the diameter of my little finger but the rest of its' body was quite rounded, which made me think it was a female.

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Adder or Viper

I saw this Adder / Viper at the end of February this year, it was basking in the sunshine alongside a rural path. It's only the second one I've seen in the twelve years we've lived near the New Forest.

The Adder - Vipera berus - is the UK's only poisonous snake. It is protected by law.

This one was slightly less than a foot (30 cm) long. The body at the head about the diameter of my little finger but the rest of its' body was quite rounded, which made me think it was a female.

.....
If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (17)

Oh wow! You did a great job captureing this snake. I would have been a long ways back from it! We have lots of snakes here including the rattler and I love seeing them. I have found you just have to be respectful of thier space. Well done Ellie!!
Wow, Ellie, this one is great! It blends in with the surrounding area quite perfectly, which is the what Nature intended. Nice.
Ellie you are bold, I would not go near this at 150mm...maybe at 500mm for me smile nice shot here.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Apr 2007, 04:26
Another excellent image of another pretty snake, Ellie. The image creates an impression the animal is somewhat bigger than as you have described. being so small, it would have difficulty in biting a human.
This is better than yesterdays.....
Excelent work. I would assume you zoomed in on this one.
  • paul
  • 27 Apr 2007, 07:44
I've only ever seen one and I didn't have a camera with me sad This is a really good capture
  • Louis
  • 27 Apr 2007, 10:27
I see that you have used the zoom for this one. Just remember with poisonous snakes, size don't count.

Great capture and thanks for the reference yesterday.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 27 Apr 2007, 15:31
It really is beautiful, Ellie. It's had such a bad rap since...well, since you-know-when. I'm glad my own perception has changed over time so that I can actually SEE them now for how marvelously and intricately made they are.

The macro-like shot DOES make this snake look larger than it is. But that's the beauty of it, just like with your wonderful flower images.
This one is great too !!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 27 Apr 2007, 21:41
Ah, that's what they look like. I've never seen one in this country in all my years, although I nearly trod on something like it in Norway once as it too was basking on a rural trail.

So, well seen and perfectly captured in its natural habitat.

Technical query though. Why ISO 400 if it was bright and sunny enough for this fellow to be basking?
You made a diagonal line og the snake in this composition and I like that smile but I'm not a big fan of snakes, I guess I'm a chicken....
I imagine the difficulty of this photo! Interesting
  • Deb
  • United States
  • 28 Apr 2007, 13:41
You are far braver than me, Ellie! Great shot!
Eeek. You're braver than I. Great capture. And thanks for the info - like others, I had no idea there were vipers in Britain.
Nice Shot Ellie. For the record, female Adders are larger and have a more reddy-brown colour to the diamonds. I should know. I sat on one in Anglesea...poor thing.
Wow. Great shot.

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aperture f/5.6
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