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Tuesday, May 03, 2005
 
Nationwide survey launched as snake numbers fail to add up

JAMES REYNOLDS
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
6 April 2005

SCOTLAND’S dwindling population of adders is to be counted in a survey to determine whether habitat destruction and changes in land use have damaged their numbers.

Although three species of snake are native to the UK - the smooth snake, grass snake and adder - only the adder has the ability to survive in Scotland’s harsher weather.

The UK’s only venomous snake, adders are found on heathland moors, the borders of woods and fields, overgrown quarries and railway embankments, although they are absent from much of the central lowlands, the Outer Hebrides and Northern Isles.

From: The Scotsman

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