Species » Adder


Vipera berus

Photo: Tessa Levens

  • The most likely time to see adders is early spring once they emerge from hibernation
  • They feed on small mammals, lizards, birds, amphibians and sometimes insects.
  • The mating season is in April and live young are born in August.
  • Both colour and pattern are variable but males have a lighter background with black markings while females are browner in colour.
  • They are found in moorland habitats due to them being relatively undisturbed are with good vegetation cover and a variety of prey.
  • They are legally protected as are all native reptiles.

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