|Showing the characteristic 'V' shape on the back of the head|
|Warming in the sun, defensive position: R. Harris|
|Portrait showing the milky coloured eye, a sign that|
sloughing is about to begin.
|Female Adder: R. Harris|
|Ready to strike! Check out the keeled dorsal scales|
|The deeply forked chemo-sensory tongue 'tastes' the air |
and is placed onto the Jacobson's organ in the roof
of the mouth for analysis.
|Again showing the milky haze on the eyes.|
Adders are particularly vulnerable at this stage
and tend not to move about too much until the
shedding is well under way.
|Showing the head scales - note the asymmetrical scales|
just behind the two apical scales above the snout.