Ottoman Viper

Ottoman Viper, Anaxos, 21 Oct 09 © John & Anne Humphreys

This young viper (c.35cm in length - adults usually up to 90cm but records up to 1.5m) was found by semi-resident birders John and Anne in their Anaxos garden. Few birders get to enjoy this scarce snake - the most venomous species on the island (and Europe!) so care should be taken if you do encounter one.

And this critter was also found in their garden last month.

Dhal's Whip Snake, Anaxos, 13 Sept 09 © John & Anne Humphreys