Although the temperature two weeks ago was a good 5-7 degrees warmer than this morning I found no reptiles during my first reptile survey of the year. However today with things colder and overcast the Common Lizards have obviously come out of hibernation as I found two on top of the tins and a further nine beneath. All were very torpid and I could easily have picked them up as they only moved off very slowly. Kim
Quite a lot of froggy activity in my pond after last night's rain but my Herp of the Day was a sun bathing Marsh Frog sitting at the edge of a pool at the London Wetland Centre., only about a metre away.
As I'm a sucker for Adder's even after nearly forty years of finding them, so here is my reptile of the day (surprise! Surprise!) it's a male Adder that was under a survey tin at Colaton Raleigh Common this morning.
Hi Dave They do usually slough after hibernation although the one in my picture has yet to do so. If you look at an expanded view of the picture you can see its eye is milky blue which is a sure sign that it's about to slough it's skin. As you say it's a great looking snake already so I guess it'll be even better looking soon. Kim