The sun has taken its chance to peep out from behind the thick blankets of rain clouds in the last few days and the wildlife must be enjoying the feeling of warmth. I found this adder soaking up a few rays outside my office.
The adder is the only venomous snake in the UK. We actually only have three species of snake in total and only the adder lives as far north as Scotland.Their venom isn't particularly powerful, although I do remember a sheep dieing of a bite on the farm I worked on as a child. It's not a pleasant experience however I'm sure and so these little guys are worth treating with respect. I used to earn a bit of pocket money every now and again in the village I grew up in, moving adders out of people's gardens!