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Posted: 30 Mar 2007 Topic: Adder bite



Well i suppose it had to happen sometime, at 2.55pm on wed i was recording adders from an industrial area where we think new units are going to be built , myself and two friends were catching the adders , photographing each individual and then letting go, i use tongs to hold the adder near the top end and then tail as well to support the animal. It was a freshly sloughed male that pulled through the tongs and bit me on top of my knuckles. There was hardly any blood and it felt less than a bee sting. I drove to Poole Hospital and was given a steroid injection. after about 45 mins the hand was quite balloon sized. I felt quite well. after two hours the swelling was down to my elbow.At this stage at A and E  i was told i must have the antivenom. I was not too keen to have the antivenom as i know i am allergic to horses so i refused. I was admitted to a ward and monitored. My blood pressure raised a little and my heart raced off and on  a few times but i think that that was down to anxiety. The next morning my arm had grown to a giant size and my fingers were uncomfortable to use. I was givem morphine for the pain and antihistamine tablets (only 4mg though??) The pain was and still is terrible in my arm . and it is best to keep it elevated. At no time have i felt sick or even unwell, my only symptoms have been the massive swelling in my arm , i will try to post a pic of this later.Today 48 hours   later i have been discharged and me and my sorry arm will have to rest until all is well again                                    


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Posted: 30 Mar 2007 Topic: Adder bite



Hiya Alan, yes it was me , thanks guys


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Posted: 09 Feb 2006 Topic: Rana T. Movements 2006 - So far....



Hi, there is three clumps of spawn in our pond today. although one clump already looks like the frost has got it! ( Ferndown dorset)Jerry38757.6813541667


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Posted: 30 Mar 2006 Topic: Unanswered Melanistic Qos



Hi alan, i think you are right as on a local heath to me i used to know how many melanic adders there were ( note were) there was never any juvenile melanic adders only adults , no subadults either! some snakes were notably going darker  but they only ever were completely melanic as adults. i have had a female melanic adder with not a trace of markings on her which gave birth to eleven normaly colored young. I think this happens with age . I wonder if two melanic adders would produce some melanic young though?I have thought the same about melanism and heath fires also. but there are many heaths which are burnt every year in Dorset but these have no melanic adders so i think the gene has to be present .i have seen as many melanic females as males but sadly near me they are not present now! the melanic adders i have seen are definately more alert than normal colored , i think you are right as they are more able to warm up easily.See you soon  Alan.


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Posted: 30 Mar 2006 Topic: Male Combat



I filmed the male combat two years ago and have about three or four mins of excellent footage.


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Posted: 30 Mar 2006 Topic: Early adders?



I will photograph this one again in a couple of weeks as i think the black eyes are going to remain the same after it has sloughed.


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Posted: 31 Mar 2006 Topic: Reptile Digital photography



A grassnake from today, feigning death.


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Posted: 17 Jan 2005 Topic: non-native snake ID



HI, it looks like a juvenile corn snake.Jerry


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Posted: 20 Jan 2005 Topic: adder



Hi to all, i have been interested in adders for 25 years, i wondered if anyone had any evidence of how some are melanic, does the melanism take years to develop or are some young born in this way? thanks for any info. Jerry


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Posted: 21 Jan 2005 Topic: Early spawning?



Hi mike , i have got spawn in my pond today, took some pics of some frogs mating also, spring will soon be here,


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Posted: 21 Jan 2005 Topic: Early spawning?



Hi Matt, i am in Ferndown in Dorset, i am trying to download the pics , not used to this system ,i get spawn about this time most years but it seems to disappear, dont know if the frost gets it or whether it is being eaten by something! Jerry


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Posted: 24 Jan 2005 Topic: Early adder sightings



[QUOTE=David Bird]Had a report earlier in the week of male adders dancing from the warden of a local nature reserve. [/QUOTE] Hi Dave that wouldnt have been one of the hct wardens for a local site, by any chance would it? Jerry Jerry38376.7638078704


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Posted: 25 Jan 2005 Topic: Early spawning?



[QUOTE=Robert V]Great shot Jerry! Global warming eh. They say that 24th Jan is officially the most depressing day. Maybe not now we've all seen those frogs at it. Cheers 0:)[/QUOTE] Thanks Robert, it cheered me up , spring will soon be here!


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Posted: 06 Feb 2005 Topic: frogspawn



HI to all, i have over ten clumps of frogspawn in my tiny pond in Bournemouth so if anyone needs any, you are welcome to take some away .


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Posted: 07 Feb 2005 Topic: frogspawn



Hi, yes the frogs are still breeding, i am in a semi rural setting (bet that doesnt help much) my pond will never sustain all this spawn, never seen so many frogs either!!


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Posted: 14 Feb 2005 Topic: Early adder sightings



saw 4 male adders today at a local heath even though the temperature was only about 7 degrees quite sunny in the morning though, just an icy wind


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Posted: 14 Feb 2005 Topic: Adder Watching Help!!



Hi, in June the temperatures for the adder are usually high enough for it to spend little or no time basking, the best time to see it then is when it is an intermittent day , the adder is the first reptile out on cooler days but the first to seek shelter when the temperature gets over 20 degrees, although the pregnant females may still be found and i have seen these basking in the rain,and very high temperatures.  hope this helps Jerry Jerry38397.8184953704


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Posted: 28 Feb 2005 Topic: Early adder sightings



Hi Tony, is there any need to keep disturbing the same individual , this is a lot of stress for an animal . it may get too stressed and move away from this hibernation site and not be able to get deep enough under cover to sustain these hard frosts we are having. I understand the need to learn more about basking temperatures etc, but how many more times is the same individual going to stand being tampered with before it decides to move away , probabaly to its own demise, regards Jerry Stanley


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Posted: 28 Feb 2005 Topic: Early adder sightings



HOw can you say "never had a negative reaction", you have already stated you have been bitten on the thumb already this year, this animal obviously felt enough stress to do so, just saying with these hard frosts, doesnt seem a good time to disturb or stress any of our reptiles.




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Posted: 28 Feb 2005 Topic: Early adder sightings



Wont get into a full debate over that one,  only my humble opinion, kind regards




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