Name: Adder

Scientific name: Vipera berus

Category: Reptiles

Nature Stars: 60

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The Adder is a relatively small snake, rarely much longer than 50cm and quite thick set. Prefers woodland, heathland and moorland. It hunts lizards and small mammals as well as ground-nesting birds such as Skylark and Meadow Pipit. Hibernates from October, emerging in the first warm days of March, which is the easiest time of year to find them.


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How to identify: Greyish or brown, with a darker zig-zag stripe down the back.

Where: Widespread across the country, except for Scottish Islands, the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 90
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 70
  • Cute factor: 10
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: The Adder is Britain's only venomous snake.

Photograph credit: Wildstock

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