An adder has been spotted slithering in the long grass by Grantham Canal on the town’s Earlesfield estate, prompting a warning from a water bailiff.
Jim Wheeldon saw the venomous snake on Saturday along the stretch between Earlesfield Lane and the Urban Hotel, and has since been warning dog owners he passes over concerns one might be bitten. He said: “If a dog gets bitten by an adder it could be nasty.” Jim said he regularly sees grass snakes and so was able to identify the snake as an adder, which is the only venomous snake native to Britain. They are not generally aggressive animals, but will bite as a form of self-defence. Dog owners are advised to be careful.