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    Posted: 16 Aug 2008 at 7:16am

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Hey,

I noticed you were conducting ongoing reserach into the re-classifed Bitis armata. Are you also  conducting specimen I.D surveys???

I was in De Hoope nature reserve in January with the University of Exeter and found a juvenile specimen (I think!!) close to a stone wall in the car park, which I also managed to photograph. Would yhis photo prove useful in aiding your study at all??

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Kev

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T.P,

Not sure which car park exactly (I was asleep in the van!!). I remember a footpath then a board walk to the left of the path which took you directly onto the dune system (stunning it was too!). The specimen was found tightly coiled under a loose rock (quite late in the morning/early afternoon ) that had been removed from the wall. It was actually within the vicinity of the car park. It was no more than 15 cm max as i remember I captured it using my scorpion tweezers!! Would you prefer me to email you the pics or post it here???

Kev

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oops!!! Thinking about it some more, board walk onto dunes was on the right not left, hope this helps.
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More info: Photo taken on Jan 22nd at 11:27 am, but thats all the detail I have unfortunately, hope this is viable info for you.

By the way, tried to pm you and it says you have reached your limit for recieved pm's????

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I will also email my graduate colleagues and lecturers to see if they have any other images that may better assist in your I.D
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Kev

I live closeish to Exeter uni and wander the local heaths snake spotting. Do you do any reptile research locally? The cliff and undercliff in the Weston/Branscombe area are wick with adders and the last smooth snake in Devon was killed in that area many years ago. I ask this as heaths are seen as THE place for reptiles in Devon and yet this area seems to be overlooked. The undercliff is full of mice.

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That's a very pretty armata Kev', good find
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