…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Beachgoers in north west Wales have been warned to be wary of adders, which have been spotted slithering on beaches.
As snakes emerge from hibernation, they are more likely to strike and bite, so extra caution is advised for parents, dog owners and anyone visiting the beaches.
Adders are Britain’s only venomous snake and, while they rarely bite people, they pose a significant threat to dogs, who are more vulnerable due to their inquisitive nature.
Symptoms of a bite include swelling, drooling, vomiting, lethargy and breathing difficulties.
According to a report by The Independent, approximately 100 dogs are bitten by adders every year in the UK.
While most bites are not fatal, the effects can be severe and should be treated as an emergency.
The article also mentions that the adder’s bite can be fatal and that there hasn’t been a fatal snakebite on a human since 1975 when a boy, aged five, was bitten in Scotland.
In light of recent sightings, beachgoers are urged to be careful when away from main paths and in sand dunes. ‘
There have already been several reports of adders on the Llŷn Peninsula and Newborough in Anglesey.
Adders are more likely to avoid confrontation with humans, but dogs may be more vulnerable due to their curious nature.
It is important to note that, although adders are venomous, they are not aggressive animals and typically avoid humans.
In most cases, they will only bite when they feel threatened or provoked.
Social media users have urged the public not to panic or get hysterical but to remain cautious when walking in areas where adders are known to frequent.