Sunday, 19 November 2017

Snake alert was false alarm

FEARS that a venomous snake had been spotted in the River Thames at Goring have proven unfounded.

FEARS that a venomous snake had been spotted in the River Thames at Goring have proven unfounded.

Resident Chris Rickards took a photograph of what he believed to be an adder swimming in the river near Bishops Farm.

He submitted the image to the parish magazine, the Goring Gap News, where it was idenitified as such.

But this month, several readers wrote in to assure walkers and rivers users that it was a harmless grass snake.

Grass snakes have a distinctive yellow stripe across their neck whereas adders have a V- or an X-shaped mark in the same spot.

Adders also have a zig-zag and spotted black pattern along their bodies whereas grass snakes do not.

Adders also have a zig-zag and spotted black pattern along their bodies whereas grass snakes do not.

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