Adders

brue replied on 26/04/2021 19:00

Posted on 26/04/2021 19:00

Just a warning if you're in the SW with your dog. There have been several cases of adder bites with dogs. Possibly the warm weather has encouraged the adders to do some sunbathing and dogs will spot them and get too close. It looks like it's better to keep dogs on a lead on footpaths and heathland etc.

The advice on our local TV. Pick your dog up if possible if you suspect an adder bite, carry them to your car or home and phone a vet immediately. The example shown was an elderly labrador, who survived, with treatment costing over £1000.

Make sure family members know what an adder looks like and keep children well away.

moulesy replied on 26/04/2021 19:32

Posted on 26/04/2021 19:32

A very timely warning, brue. We came across one just last week on the path leading up from Holywell Bay to Kelsey Head near the golf course. First time we've actually seen one and it was Lady sniffing in the grass who brought it to our attention. Fortunately, just a juvenile we think (I'm not sure when they become venomous), not much bigger than a slow worm and it scuttled off into the grass very quickly. surprised

brue replied on 26/04/2021 19:41

Posted on 26/04/2021 19:41

MouIesy I think the labrador mentioned got bitten near Perranporth!  Apparently adder numbers have decreased but obviously still plenty around and not all dogs survive a bite. I expect adders are in many other places too.

moulesy replied on 26/04/2021 19:53

Posted on 26/04/2021 19:53

Thanks for the warnings. Penhale Dunes behind Perran Sands is our regular morning walk along with many other regular dog walkers. A great place to give the dogs freedom but we will be vigilant next time we're there. 

Wherenext replied on 26/04/2021 20:22

Posted on 26/04/2021 20:22

The main problem you have at this time of year is that the snakes haven't really had time to warm up properly so are a bit sluggish and even when it's warm weather it's only for a couple of hours at a temperature that will get them able to move quicker.

Good advice to keep dogs under vigilance and close by in this areas known to have adders.

AnotherDavid replied on 29/04/2021 14:25

Posted on 26/04/2021 19:32 by moulesy

A very timely warning, brue. We came across one just last week on the path leading up from Holywell Bay to Kelsey Head near the golf course. First time we've actually seen one and it was Lady sniffing in the grass who brought it to our attention. Fortunately, just a juvenile we think (I'm not sure when they become venomous), not much bigger than a slow worm and it scuttled off into the grass very quickly. surprised

Posted on 29/04/2021 14:25

In my youth I spent a lot of time on Cannock  Chase and Adders are often seen there. If yours was a juvenile its markings would have been more Orange/Brown than the distinctly black and white of adults

brue replied on 29/04/2021 19:54

Posted on 29/04/2021 19:54

We had a friend who came to the New Forest with us and then drove us mad worrying about adders! We never saw one and he finally enjoyed his visit. It's worth being alert but not alarmed. wink