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Of horses and snakes.

I need to make a post about the weekend (and by post, I mean photo dump), but that is a long task and I am tired ... so for now, here are a couple of photos of today's escapades.

I did my morning chores with Xefira, Zorro and Cash (when I arrived at the yard, Cash was standing in the gateway ... eating a length of old electric tape that he'd dug out of the hedge. No joke. Then he ran away when I walked towards him, and panicked because the tape was still in his mouth and was following him. I swear, the horse is retarded), then cycled over to Sussex to go riding. Which was awesome, because I haven't been on a horse for just over a fortnight - and I haven't ridden Bob in nearly six weeks! So it was excellent to be back in the saddle again. I miss riding on a regular basis. My life is currently seeing a horse poo to horse riding ratio that leans heavily in favour of the former. :P

And on my journey over to Sussex, I came across an adder basking in the sun. So cool! This is our only venemous snake. I'm getting the practice in for Australia, clearly.





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Apr. 16th, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
Wait, platypuses?! For real?
Apr. 16th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
That is a really pretty snake! Lucky find! And it seems like it doesn't care too much that you're around, which is nice. :)
Apr. 16th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
It hissed at me when I got too close, but it was very sluggish and wasn't in a hurry to get away from me - we've only really had warm weather in the last couple of days, so I suspect it may have only recently woken up? It wasn't hurt. Just couldn't be bothered. :P
Apr. 16th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
It was probably still cold, hence being sluggish. If it had been warmer, it likely would have buggered off before you ever saw it. :)

What's the actual name of this kind of adder? Is it just called the Common Viper?
Apr. 16th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
I just had to do some research ... I've always known it as simply "adder", but yes; apparantly it's proper name is Vipera Berus, or Common European adder. Or nædre in Old English. Or nadder in Middle English.

I feel educated. :)

Oh, so it really was a lucky spot, then! I don't know how fast they move.
Apr. 16th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
Oh wow i've never seen a snake in real life!
Apr. 16th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
I've never seen a wild one so close - and the snakes I've seen in the past have all been grass snakes, so it's kinda funny that the snake I get to see first-hand is the only venomous one in the country. :P
Apr. 16th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC)
Wow, beautiful snake! We have tons of snakes around the barn, but mostly rat snakes, so they are welcome. I still startle every time I see one - just can't help it!
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Apr. 16th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
Not quite! It was very sleepy; I think it had just come out of hibernation. Also, although I was close, I wasn't as close as it looks - I have a 10x zoom on my camera.
Apr. 16th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Also as snakes go, Adders pack enough venom to kill their prey but they have only very rarely been fatal to humans.
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