Bimbling For Reptiles PT1 (Pic Heavy)

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JonathanD

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Got up a bit too late for any serious herping today, so I took the little one up to the heathland to see what we could find. As it was so hot and the reptiles would be very alert and soon disappear when a raucous 6 year old stomping about came near, I wasn't hopeful at seeing much.

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It's difficult to get your eye in for our native reptiles. Can you spot the critter in this pic?

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Here it is magnified. Amazing camouflage.

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And more...

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A bit of cold case. Anyone ID this critter? I've included all the bits for a ID.

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I was looking for adders mostly, but seemed to find everything but. It was late in the day though. Plenty of greys and buzzards about...

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And just as we were about to go, I found an old friend. Three years old now and may for the first time breed this year. He was very alert and active, so I had to sneak up through the heather to get any piccies. Half of his body was concealed, so I had to wait for him to move to get a shot of his head through the undergrowth as he went about his business.

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Part TWO is now here: http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=88724

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swyn

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Thank you JonathanD for those great pics. Lovely to see the lizzard. I thought I'd go looking for grass snakes soon as there are a few around here although my eye is nowhere as good as yours at spotting!
I've been mimmicking pidgeons this evening whilst relaxing in the late sunshine.
Swyn.
 
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Oh no !!! not another puma skeleton :rofl:

Love the adder pics, that dude has a beautiful head...
Not much reptilian activity here despite the sun & heat (23°C in the shade)......
 

British Red

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I love your stuff Jon. I wish I had a tenth of you skill at finding (or probably spotting) these beautiful creatures - you have really opened my eyes to them - thank you
 

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