Venomous snake spotted ‘lurking near kids’ on Brit beach amid warnings of more sightings

Lesley Allen filmed the adder slithering along the shoreline last Thursday at Mawgan Porth beach.

She said she spotted the reptile just a few feet away from children and dogs.

Footage of the sighting shows the long snake perched next to a collection of rocks.

As the camera moves upwards, it becomes clear that the pooch and kids are frolicking in the sand nearby.

Lesley said: “Lifeguards said it may have fallen off the cliff. It was just slithering along.

“People with dogs and children need to be aware.

“We saw a couple of people looking at the ground, the man ran to the lifeguards so my friend and I being nosey went to look, thinking it might be a jellyfish or such like, but it was an adder slithering across the sand.

It’s also known to kill dogs but it is listed as a protected species by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – this means that it is an offence to kill, harm, injure, sell or trade them.

Dr Wilkinson also told this site how you can identify an adder.

“The adder (our only venomous snake) is easily recognised by the zigzag stripe along its back,” he said.

“They grow to around 60cm in length and have a rather stocky appearance.

“On occasion, completely black (melanistic) specimens are seen.”

It is not the first time an adder was filmed swimming next to children, with a similar incident happening earlier this year.

Here are some tips if you are bitten by a snake.


Stay calm and do as little walking as possible.

Call 999 or go straight to your nearest A&E department.

Remove any jewellery and watches from the bitten limb.


Tie a tourniquet.

Try to cut or suck the venom out of the bite.

Attempt to catch or kill the snake.

Here are some tips if you are bitten by a snake.

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