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Old Tuesday 4th August 2020, 17:36   #1
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Reptiles on the beach!

Had a couple of very serendipitous encounters on Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire on the final morning of our summer family holiday. Both courtesy of my son's sharp young eyes, first a very nice long tailed Common Lizard, followed soon after by a gorgeous little copper coloured Adder!
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I don't know if it's a constant, but I used to see Adders almost daily on my mpatch in Russia and the tiny, juveniles were always a copper colour.
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I don't know if it's a constant, but I used to see Adders almost daily on my mpatch in Russia and the tiny, juveniles were always a copper colour.
By contrast, the few neonates I've seen round here have been mostly yellow/black: and I remember being shown under a tin somewhere on Salisbury Plain where there were five Adders: one bog-standard yellow, two orange, one clay and one silver/black which last was, as an obvious male, counter-intuitively the biggest!

Highly variable species but always entertaining.

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Well done to your son for spotting them! Great shots.
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