A side-winding adder buries itself just beneath the hot sand exposing only its eyes, patiently waiting for unsuspecting prey.
Along with the loss of heather and cottongrass, birds such as the nightjar, woodlark and stone curlew and animals including the adder , grass snake, and viviparous lizard have been put at risk.
The ‘horns’ of his horned adder , resembling a stunning set of false eyelashes, would have drag queens running for cover.
The mating system and spacing pattern of adders largely agree with those of sand lizards.
There are also reptiles, like adders or grass snakes, slow-worms and lizards that are prone to fire damage because they cannot get out quickly enough.
The most interesting part was when the lecturer talked about a character called William Bunting, who used to catch wild adders to feed to the mongooses at London Zoo.
Frogs, toads, lizards and foot-long slow worms are common in the area, as well as poisonous adders .