Male adders emerge first from the hibernacula (place of hibernation) about March. They're pretty docile, basking in the sun when possible. In April they shed their skin and the male then goes looking for females, sniffing them out! The female sheds its skin about a month later than the male. The average adult male adder grows to 65 cm. This skin measured 64 cm.
|The adder skin as we found it.
|Close up of eyes and mouth
|The skin measured 64 cm
|Detail of skin
|Looking through the hand lens when the skin was still fresh