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Great Britain

Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

43. The Adder
(Vipera berus)

43. The Adder

The adder or viper is the only poisonous snake found in Great Britain. It does not occur in Ireland, although it is widespread on the Continent. It varies a good deal in colour, but the typical specimen is grey-buff with a dark diamond pattern down the spine. It is an inoffensive creature and does not attack if left alone. Its bite is not dangerous to a healthy person, though by no means a thing to trifle with. It can be fatal to dogs and sheep. An average adder is 20 ins. or a little more in length. Its favourite haunts are moors and heaths.