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|Description ||27th June 2010, A snake guarding the Hypogee du Castelet inside the second entrance...... He may have fallen in from above, and seemed pretty dopey in the cool chamber (30° outside)...... We tried to rescue him with a stick (but being unsure whether he might be poisonous or not) didn't manage as he hid under the rock...........|
| A friend of mine writes articles on snakes and reptiles, here's his comments. "That's an adder, the same as the ones we get in the UK. Scientific name Vipera berus and is certainly venomous. |
The adder displays huge amounts of pattern, colour and even size variation and so people don't always associate the animal they are seeing with what they expect an adder to look like. European adders vary greatly and we even have a pure black 'melanistic' population in the South East here in the UK.
The venom is not a particularly worrying one but the effects are variable too. I know people who have been bitten and suffered mild local pain and a couple who have been on death's door.
Its about time ( November) they were bedded down for hibernation so this is probably the last you'll see of it this year."
| Excellent! Thank you Runemage for that information! I nearly stepped on one of these (I suspect) 3 years ago in the Western Pyrénées..... |
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