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Old 27.04.2013, 14:20
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

The Kreuzotter is not that rare.



I have seen one cross my path while hiking up at Engstlenalp, very close to the below spot.



Kreuzotters live in the alps among sunny, rocky places. They don't like people and will scuttle away. However, if you happen to sit on one, they most certainly will bite you back.
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How did they get eradicated from German speaking Switzerland? I have (mad) pictures in my head of post-war Germans with low meat rations sneaking over the border to steal the snakes
Naaah, the Swiss just stopped issuing them B-Permits.

After which they thought, f@ck this for a game of snakes and ladders, and... well... left.
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Old 27.04.2013, 14:29
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How did they get eradicated from German speaking Switzerland? I have (mad) pictures in my head of post-war Germans with low meat rations sneaking over the border to steal the snakes

Well, at least we know how they were driven out of Ireland.....
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Old 27.04.2013, 16:06
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How did they get eradicated from German speaking Switzerland? I have (mad) pictures in my head of post-war Germans with low meat rations sneaking over the border to steal the snakes
Much of their natural "habitat" was liquidated. And many dogs in rural areas got encouraged to kill vipers . A granduncle of me, in Stein-am-Rhein (in the 1930ies/40ies) had a Dachshund/Dackel/Daggel with such red hairs that the good dog was re-named dä Sozi (the Socialist) who proudly killed vipers, ate some parts of them and brought the rest back home on a quite frequent interval. He always was "rewarded"
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The Kreuzotter is not that rare.



I have seen one cross my path while hiking up at Engstlenalp, very close to the below spot.



Kreuzotters live in the alps among sunny, rocky places. They don't like people and will scuttle away. However, if you happen to sit on one, they most certainly will bite you back.

You are not supposed to sit on anyone of them

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Old 27.04.2013, 17:06
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You are not supposed to sit on anyone of them
Thanks, Wolli. I didn't know that.
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Old 27.04.2013, 19:12
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

Aye I do know of a person who had been bitten by one of the buggers somewhere in the Eastern reaches of Switzerland while doing some work. Hopped back on his motocrycle and booked it to the nearest hospital. Alles in Ordnung.
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

Last summer, I saw several snakes around Katzensee (where the Badi is). The locals did not seem alarmed, so I decided they were safe to share the lake with humans.
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Old 28.04.2013, 00:08
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Last summer, I saw several snakes around Katzensee (where the Badi is). The locals did not seem alarmed, so I decided they were safe to share the lake with humans.
I did see "Ringelnattern" in and around Katzensee. They enjoy human company
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Old 28.04.2013, 08:03
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

There was an article in the Tagi yesterday/today (online) about a dog being bitten by a snake (Kreuzotter).
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Old 28.04.2013, 09:02
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

For the benefit of English speakers, , Ringelnatter is a grass snake, and Kreuzotter is the common European adder or viper. The former is non-venomous, the latter is. Adders can be found all over Europe, in these areas:



It's probably a good idea when out and about in the countryside to be aware that they're around and keep an eye out for them. While the bite of the adder is seldom fatal, it is pretty painful and needs medical attention. (Of course, grass snakes and bite as well - just not venomously).
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

They really shaped Switzerland well on that map, didn't they?
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

Reviving this thread because we live across from the lake, and my cat was proudly sitting next to it in the garden. Me...absolutely terrified of snakes, grabbed the cat and took this photo from the kitchen window.

Could someone please confirm if this is a slow worm or a snake?
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Old 20.05.2016, 19:59
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

Look nice and closely! It should have small eyes with eyelids and actually blink!

Otherwise, check out the pictures on here.
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Reviving this thread because we live across from the lake, and my cat was proudly sitting next to it in the garden. Me...absolutely terrified of snakes, grabbed the cat and took this photo from the kitchen window.

Could someone please confirm if this is a slow worm or a snake?
Snakes have a definite neck and wider heads; worms like this one are one diameter
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Phew! Thanks for that Longbyt.
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

Slow worm
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Re: Snake around Zurich Lake

Its a lizard thats lost it legs. Officially there are two species of Viper in Switzerland and grass snakes I have seen and caught a few on hikes and once at the botanical gardens in Zürich it was swimming in a pond, beautiful and fun to handle, not the Vipers of course.

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