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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • a viper under the flower pot

    The other day I was working at our well trying to pull up the broken pump, hosepipe, weights and cable that all fell to the bottom the last time we tried, when the wire hauser broke with all these things within sight!

    In preparing the site I had to move a flower pot and a tomato pot. Under the flowerpot which had a tile to support it, I found this young Asp Viper (a southern adder) with typical adder markings down the back -although in France you need to remember that the Viperine Snake has similar back markings. However the eye is characteristic of an adder in France and UK with a vertical pupil rather than a round one. Also the nose is tuned up. I've rarely seem them in Dordogne but they are apparently quite common on heaths. They are very similar to the Northern Adder in UK. You need to know where and when to look to find them, like most snakes, but this time it was pure accident - although they do like to sit beneath tiles and clay pots, like lizards.

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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the d├ępartement of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring d├ępartements such as Lot et Garonne, Gironde, the Lot and places further afield. Check out the Faune-Aquitaine website for the latest wildlife sightings in Dordogne and Aquitaine.

Where possible I will add photographs to illustrate the entry. Many thanks to Margaret Mills (family photo) and Denis Cauchoix (birdwatcher photo).

I hope that you enjoy my diary and look forward to your comments.

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