Adder bites

Mrtrout

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I’m not reading this thread anymore it’s just winding me up!!
Can we talk about bunny rabbits instead please?
S.
 

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I’m not reading this thread anymore it’s just winding me up!!
Can we talk about bunny rabbits instead please?
S.
Do you remember sitting in the heather beside a small bay on a loch just north of Inveraray? your chances of encountering an adder was about 10'000 times higher there than where you fish.
 

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Do you remember sitting in the heather beside a small bay on a loch just north of Inveraray? your chances of encountering an adder was about 10'000 times higher there than where you fish.
Now you tell me!!!
S.
 

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No need to worry Steven. Just remember that adders are very shy and before climbing out just bump the bank with the rod handle a couple of times and in the unlikely case that there is one in the area it will rapidly evacuate the area and leave you none the wiser to its presence. I don’t particularly care for them either but would only kill one if it was near a house with pets and/or small children. On the positive side where you have grass snakes you rarely have adders as the grass snakes consider them a food source.
 

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No need to worry Steven. Just remember that adders are very shy and before climbing out just bump the bank with the rod handle a couple of times and in the unlikely case that there is one in the area it will rapidly evacuate the area and leave you none the wiser to its presence. I don’t particularly care for them either but would only kill one if it was near a house with pets and/or small children. On the positive side where you have grass snakes you rarely have adders as the grass snakes consider them a food source.
Terry, you just said one was asleep on the path and you had to poke it to wake it up, they can’t be that blooming alert? :thumbsdown:;)
Grass snakes eat Adders, wow.
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No need to worry Steven. Just remember that adders are very shy and before climbing out just bump the bank with the rod handle a couple of times and in the unlikely case that there is one in the area it will rapidly evacuate the area and leave you none the wiser to its presence. I don’t particularly care for them either but would only kill one if it was near a house with pets and/or small children. On the positive side where you have grass snakes you rarely have adders as the grass snakes consider them a food source.
My Mrs has seen them in the same place, same day. I never realised a Grass Snake would prey upon an Adder... every day is a school day.

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My Mrs has seen them in the same place, same day. I never realised a Grass Snake would prey upon an Adder... every day is a school day.

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It shouldn't surprise you when you consider that a female grass snake can grow to 6 foot in length, the biggest I ever saw was in the Moss valley and was about 5 foot long although I wasn't prepared to get close enough to measure it accurately.
 

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It shouldn't surprise you when you consider that a female grass snake can grow to 6 foot in length, the biggest I ever saw was in the Moss valley and was about 5 foot long although I wasn't prepared to get close enough to measure it accurately.
Our Grass snakes have been nowhere near that size. Although I saw a huge one somewhere, it was either when I was with 3lb Grayling on Mentieth or at Blithfield with my mate. Can't remember now, but was very long.

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Terry, you just said one was asleep on the path and you had to poke it to wake it up, they can’t be that blooming alert? :thumbsdown:;)
Grass snakes eat Adders, wow.
S.
I was a few feet away and in stealth mode so minimum noise and vibration but for all I know the poor thing was as deaf as I am and couldn’t afford a decent pair of hearing aids!
 

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I was a few feet away and in stealth mode so minimum noise and vibration but for all I know the poor thing was as deaf as I am and couldn’t afford a decent pair of hearing aids!
Maybe so, but I bet it still had a decent pair of fangs. :p
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Rich; are you sure you don’t have any Basque in you? Both my mother in law and wife are terrified of spiders and horses!
 

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I'd put a Feisty Jack Russell or a nasty feline far ahead on my fear factor list.
Or even above a Spider... a Horse. (Spider has just been relegated to 2nd)
I'd add these to your list...



If you are ever unfortunate enough to come across this little cutie you are seconds from a new hairstyle courtesy of mum, she eats adders..

 

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Perhaps Steven should get a pine weasel as a pet, no more adder worries:)
 

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Loch a’ Bharain beside the Crinan Canal near Dunardry used to crawl with the things. :thumbsdown:
Found that out the hard way one hot summer’s day many moons ago.:eek:hno:
Didn’t get bitten , but everywhere I looked there was another sunning itself
Beat a hasty retreat.

Great uncle was lock keeper at Lock 13.
Grand place for summer holidays as a nipper. :)
 

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Had the caravan on Kielder for a year when the kids were younger, plenty there at the time around the campsite & the birds of prey center.

They were a bit of a worry with the kids, I had to go looking for them at the start of the season to make them aware to leave them alone, quite a diversity of colours from really dark through to pale yellow & the young ones a red colour, really beautiful reptiles in their own right.
 
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