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The Private Life of Adders

The common European adder (Vipera berus) is found throughout Europe and northern Asia. Despite its widespread distribution, and its notoriety as one of Europe’s few truly venomous snakes, very little is known about its private life.

Rodger McPhail, the celebrated wildlife artist, has had a life-long fascination with adders. He has been observing and photographing them on his local moor in Lancashire for many years. His unique collection of photographs reveals adders as never before seen and his succinct text offers an insight into this fascinating reptile.


Author: Rodger McPhail
ISBN: 978 1 906122 29 4
Published: May 2011
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 128
160 colour photographs
Price: £14.99

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The Private Life of Adders



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Press reviews

Reviewed in Highland News in May 2011

'A book that should be on anyone's bookshelves - thoroughly recommended.'

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Reviewed in British Herpetological Society in June 2011

'Enthusiastically written and superbly illustrated by Roger McPhail.'

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Reviewed in Shooting Times in June 2011

'A fascinating book.'

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Reviewed in Bushcraft and Survival Skills in August 2011

'This book is a cracking read and it held my attention. Highly recommended.'

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Reviewed in NHBS in August 2011

'His love and enthusiasm... are evident throughout this work, which is brought to life by the rich variety of portraits - of adders and thei neighbours.'

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Reviewed in Evergreen in November 2012

'Rare photographs and informed text make for a captivating account.'

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Reviewed in The Field in November 2012

'The author captures this serpent as never before...a thorough insight into the lives of these elusive creatures.'

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Reviewed in The Countryman in February 2013

'A fascinating insight into the life of this secretive reptile.'

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