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Surprise for King's Lynn family as they come across 'giant' snake




There was an unexpected encounter with a "giant" snake in a West Norfolk woodland area for walkers yesterday afternoon.

Lynn resident Bradley Wild has shared pictures of what he suggested was an adder, which he spotted at Bawsey Woods around lunchtime. He was walking with his girlfriend and three-year-old son at the time.

Mr Wild said: "I was walking through Bawsey Woods, and came across a snake which was five-and-a-half-foot long, I've never seen such a big snake in the UK before.

This snake was spotted in Bawsey on Sunday afternoon. There has been a split over whether it is a grass snake or an adder. What do you think? Picture: Bradley Wild
This snake was spotted in Bawsey on Sunday afternoon. There has been a split over whether it is a grass snake or an adder. What do you think? Picture: Bradley Wild

"We were actually talking about snakes before that as I had been in Kenya. I heard a rustle in the bushes and my missus said 'I bet you were a nightmare in Kenya!'

"After we heard a rustle, we saw this giant snake and I was shocked by how big it was. I could not get a grasp of how big it was until we were side-on. I saw a few snakes in the wild in Kenya but it is not what you would expect to see in the UK."

Although Mr Wild believed it was an adder, some social media users have suggested it is a grass snake in response to pictures. Grass snakes can reach up to five foot which correlates with Mr Wild's description.

Mr Wild continued: "It is the first time I have seen one there [Bawsey] and we had been there three or four times last week because it is so secluded and beautiful.

Picture: Bradley Wild
Picture: Bradley Wild

"I don't think my girlfriend wants to go back there now! We were so close to the snake and it was beautiful to look at. We let it go off and do it's own thing."

The adder is the UK's only venomous snake, but its poison is generally of little danger to humans.

The Wildlife Trust states the adder can reach up to 2.6 feet in length, and can be seen from March to October.

However, Mr Wild was adamant the snake was over 2.6 feet given that it was bigger than the size of his leg.

The Trust's website also states: "An adder bite can be very painful and cause a nasty inflammation, but is really only dangerous to the very young, ill or old. If bitten, medical attention should be sought immediately, however.

"Adders are secretive animals and prefer to slither off into the undergrowth than confront and bite humans and domestic animals."

On grass snakes, the website says: "Our largest snake, the grass snake, is particularly fond of wetland habitats, but can also be found in dry grasslands and in gardens, especially those with a pond nearby.

"During the summer, grass snake can be spotted basking in the sun near their favourite ponds or swimming in the water."

The grass snake is usually greenish in colour, with a yellow and black collar, pale belly, and dark markings down the sides



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