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My first snake this year: Lataste´s!

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« on: March 09, 2015, 19:37 PM »
Whau, another one! It was only last year I saw my first Lataste´s (photo posted in the gallery), the first in 7 years! Perhaps we are being invaded!  :technodevil:

It was more agressive defensive than last years specimen, striking several times the stick with which I helped it away from the road. Actually, at first I thought that it had already been run over, because it appeared distorted, and started moving like a caterpillar, somewhat spasmodic. It was probably just a bit cold, because in the end it was winding away like any healthy snake.

Photo to follow on Wednesday Friday (transfer cable problems!).
« Last Edit: March 12, 2015, 13:17 PM by Petrea »
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2015, 19:45 PM »
I'm pleased to hear Lataste's vipers are up and about. The Short-toed eagles have arrived in Andalucia and are hopefully finding a lot more snakes than we are!

Thank you for highlighting the defensiveness of the snake rather than aggression. I remember my local paper in Cornwall having a headline that claimed an adder had attacked a dog on the sand dunes. What a lot of tosh!

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2015, 20:27 PM »
Yes, the local people here are telling strange tales of the agressivenes of the adders, so I was quite happy about last year´s specimen, which did not strike at all, in spite of my agressiveness: I was harassing it in order to get a good photo! The very young one I found today was apparently too young to know that striking the stick was not going to be useful!  :biggrin:
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2015, 17:18 PM »
OK, so here it is, better late than never!  :biggrin:

Petrea
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2015, 21:29 PM »
Oh, these are such beautiful snakes.... I haven't seen one for years... Thanks for posting Petrea... :)
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2015, 17:29 PM »
I agree. It looks like a wonderful snake. Also a great photo.

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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2015, 22:30 PM »
Well found Petrea, lovely photo :)
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