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Freelance Photographer Cambridge - Blog | 17 - Snake Oil

March 30, 2017
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Snake Oil

A sort-of day off and I’m blaming Mrs Grant. When walking in the nature reserve out the back the other day we saw a rather smart juvenile grass snake. Whilst I had my phone on me I didn’t actually get round to taking a picture as I was distracted by Mrs Grant – ‘who doesn’t do snakes’ – running in the other direction. Although I didn’t get a snap this did get me thinking about photographing adders. Even though only March I figured the species might be active given the recent mild weather.

In the past couple of years I have become fascinated by adders. This is possibly making up for my childhood. Whilst growing up I was led to believe, without ever coming across a live adder, that adders were public enemy #1. Admittedly, I may have been told that adders were such a menace to stop me picking one up. I once popped a slow worm in the pocket of my school blazer when walking home one day. I forgot about it until mid-way through tea when I produced it at the kitchen table. You need to know that my mother also ‘doesn’t do snakes’. Although I possibly need to explain that a slow worm is not a snake but a legless lizard I probably don’t need to explain that this distinction was lost on my mother!

Anyhow, adders get a bad press – unfavourably so. The adder is notorious for being the UK’s only venomous snake. In fact they shy away from human contact whenever possible and most people have never seen one despite a widespread UK distribution. In my experience adders peacefully sunbathe in quiet spots so long as there are escape routes in case humans (or humans with dogs) appear. Most people have never seen an adder because adders tend to disappear at the first sight, sound or smell of humans. I read recently that according to Forestry Commission data no one has died of an adder bite in over 20 years. Of course, a bite is nasty and requires urgent medical attention but an adder doesn’t generally attack unless somebody tries to corner it, pick it up, or pull their dog away. Adder bites can prove fatal to dogs especially at this time of year when the venom is more potent following hibernation. Regrettably I have witnessed photographers provoke adders in order to get a better shot. In my opinion they deserve what’s coming!

After completing an early morning commercial shoot by 9am (done & dusted before the bar opened!) I swapped kit and headed off to a good adder site in Northamptonshire. At first I thought it was too early in the year. Although unseasonably warm the sun was behind cloud and a breeze was blowing directly onto where the snakes normally sunbathe. Luckily, I came across several adders – including this impressive coiled female – in a more sheltered spot. All were quite content to watch me as I reeled off about 500 frames. I did think about texting an image to Mrs Grant but somehow I didn’t think it would be appreciated.

   
     

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