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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 16:06 UK time, Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The results of the first nationwide survey of UK amphibians and reptiles tell a depressing story. Adders, slow worms, common lizards, common toads, common frogs, great crested newts and grass snakes are all in decline. The only surveyed species doing well is the palmate newt.

So to help us appreciate the beauty of these wonderful but often forgotten creatures here's a selection of our favourite amphibian and reptile photos from the Springwatch photo group. It's been open a mere week and already there is a cracking selection of amphibian and reptile shots sent in for 2011. Although no newts yet!


  • Comment number 1.

    'He gets around' looks rather like a female adder to me (darker than a male).

  • Comment number 2.

    For the last 8 years I have been photographing and watching Adders on my local heather moor in NE Derbyshire. Last year sadly an entire population of Adders disappeared, presumably they didn't survive the extremely harsh winter, I couldn't even find any shed skins. Eventually quite late in the year I did find some Adders, but nothing like the numbers previously seen, and no sign of the missing population.

  • Comment number 3.

    Sorry to hear about that. And we've just had a bad December too.

    On reflection I'm not 100% sure that the adder in the photo is female and not male. It might just be the light that suggests that, and the photographer - unless they were just being poetic - may well know of the slight difference in colouration.

  • Comment number 4.

    It's a tricky one isn't it Ashley!

    It's sad to hear about your adders Colin. I hope you start to see more as the weather warms up.

    Sam :)



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