Whilst taking our evening constitutional we almost stepped on this little beauty lying across the track – a European Adder or Viper (Vipera berus), the only poisonous snake. As it was almost dark the photo didn’t turn out well. The snake looked like a stick. We just stood and waited a couple of feet from it until it acknowledged our presence and then slowly made its way off the track into the bush. Fully grown Adders are generally passive and will only bite if threatened or stepped on – unlike their young which are far more aggressive.

Earlier in the day I’d been walking across fields through thick grass and it really reminded me of just what is lurking out of sight.

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My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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