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The real Blackadder

The real Blackadder


Postby Ian Johnston » Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:39 pm

Whilst assessing a Duke of Edinburgh's Award group near White Bridge west of Linn of Dee I came across this Adder (Vipera berus) by the side of the track. Adders are pretty common here if you know where to look, but this one was unusual in being almost completely black.

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At first glance I thought it was a bike tyre inner tube discarded by the track. at about 80cms long it was a decent size. The distinctive diamond pattern on the back is still present and is actually more prominent than this image shows. Apparently, there is evidence of increased sightings of melanistic adders.

It really was a gorgeous creature, and quite unfazed by my presence, though I did keep a respecful distance....


Ian

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Re: The real Blackadder

Postby Alastair S » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:18 am

Nice one Ian
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Re: The real Blackadder

Postby kinley » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:41 pm

8) 8) 8)

Gorgeous :)
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