Images crawling through the skin reveal the moment when an adder slides out his fruit bag and exhales his first breath
- Visual material reveals the moment when a snake escapes from its fruit bag after its birth
- Video was taken near Guildford in Surrey and shows the snake that winds around
- it then breaks the outer layer and comes on land with its first breaths
This video shows the rare moment when a newborn adder releases himself from his fruit bag and exhales his first breath.
The baby reptile was still born in the transparent bag and can be wound around before it finally appears.
It was captured on camera by photographer Dominic Greves, who was surprised to see the image after seeing her mother slip away.
Dominic Greves, 44, took the images near Guildford in Surrey, where the snake emerges from his fruit bag.
HOW ARE ADDERS BORN?
Male adders search for females in the summer and barns look for pheromones.
This can cause conflicts between different men.
The males lift their bodies and intertwine with each other.
Black or European adders are ovoviviparous.
This means that the eggs are fertilized and brood in the mother and she gives birth to live young.
The gestation period is three to four months.
Vipers usually give birth to about 12 babies, who are independent shortly after birth.
The young snake finally used his head to come free and followed his mother in safety in the nearby heath.
Mr. Greves, 44, said: & We saw an adult female adder lying in the heath that left after he was seen.
& # 39; Shortly thereafter, one of our group saw a baby adder rotating in a transparent bag where the female had been.
& # 39; After a few minutes, the baby viper forced its way through the pocket membrane and slipped into the heath. & # 39;
The adder is the only poisonous snake in the UK and can live to be 15 years old.
They are legally protected in Britain and it is illegal to intentionally kill or injure them.
Females hatch their eggs internally and get life to live young – some still enclosed in a fruit bag (photo)
Black or European additives are ovoviviparous, which means that they are fertilized and breed in the mother and she likes to live young
Vipers usually give birth to about 12 babies, who are independent shortly after birth and start living independently
Females hatch their eggs internally and get life to live young, some still enclosed in a fruit bag.
Mr. Greeves, who took the photos & video on heathland near Guildford in Surrey, added: & # 39; No one in our group of volunteers from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation had witnessed this before.
& # 39; I can't find videos with the same behavior on the internet, certainly not in the wild.
& # 39; I am a regular volunteer for nature conservation in Surrey. I have been photographing British wildlife in the wild for ten years. & # 39;
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