One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A harmless Eurasian snake which is grey to reddish in colour, typically living in heathy country where it feeds on lizards.
Coronella austriaca, family Colubridae
- ‘Adders are one of three species of snake which can be found in the British Isles, the others being the smooth snake and the grass snake.’
- ‘The New Forest will also change, with rare reptiles such as the sand lizard and smooth snake preferring the warmer conditions.’
- ‘However, the hard work of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is helping to keep alive species such as the water vole, otter, smooth snake, tree sparrow and the rare reddish buff moth.’
- ‘He said it was an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to injure or kill grass and smooth snakes, slow worms and adders.’
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