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Sun 28th April 2013 05:41 by Ian Bradley
Reptiles and Amphibians, Epping Forest.
My first male adder of the season, recorded in Epping Forest was seen on the 13/3/13 whilst there was still some snow on the ground. The next male wasn't seen until 27/3/13 at a different location within Epping Forest. The first female seen at the original site was spotted on the 14/04/13 nearly a full month after the male.
The 1st grass snake appeared on the 06/04/13 in Epping Forest, followed by another individual on 10/04/13 and 2 more on the 14/04/13 all from the same hibernaculum.
Viviparous lizards started appearing 14/03/13 and Slow worms on the 17/04/13.
That was all 4 species of reptile at the same location(site) within Epping Forest in just over a month.
I am currently studying pholidosis from photos of adders and grass snakes to identify individuals within Epping Forest and 2 other sites in Essex. If any one has any current/historical photos from Epping Forest please contact me (
I also received my 1st bite from an adder through my own stupidity but i still managed to photograph it. Dedication to the cause

Ian Bradley


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