What time of year do you see adders?
The adder, Britain’s only venomous snake, has for the first time been confirmed as being active in every month of the year. Adders normally hibernate underground from October to March, a strategy designed to enable them to survive a cold winter, but with warmer weather have now been seen throughout the year.
Can an adder kill you?
In a small proportion of cases, adder bite can lead to severe effects requiring extensive hospital treatment. Although exceedingly unlikely, adder bite can be fatal.
What do you do if you find a grass snake in your garden?
Bring pets and children indoors (if the snake is still around), as they are the most at risk. Allow the snake to move through the garden – carefully note patterns down the back or along the sides, the colour and size; check identification again – it is much more likely to be a Grass Snake or Slow-Worm.
Are adders poisonous to dogs?
With treatment, most dogs make a full recovery, but sadly, in some cases, adder venom can cause severe illness and even death. The quicker your dog is treated, the better their outlook. Any dog with a suspected adder bite should be seen by a vet ASAP.