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Adder snake in grassAdult adders are around 50-60cm long and are characterised by having a black/brown zigzag pattern along their back. They are commonly found on dry sandy heaths, sand dunes, rocky hillsides, moorland and woodland edges.

If disturbed or attacked an adder will bite.

Adder bites result in local swelling that is often dark coloured. You may be able to see two small puncture wounds in the centre of the swelling. Your dog will show signs of pain. If not treated adder bites can be fatal.

If you suspect that your dog has been bitten by an adder do not panic but seek veterinary attention quickly. If the surgery is closed, call the emergency number (01736 362215). Carry your dog rather than letting him walk to reduce the spread of venom around the body. With the correct treatment most dogs will recover.