The adder or European viper (vipera berus) is the only venomous snake found in Britain. Adder bites are most likely to occur during the summer, and then only when the snake is provoked.
Not all bites result in envenomation, and whilst bites can cause significant discomfort and medical problems, death is very rare.
- The patient should be reassured and calmly and quickly transferred to hospital usually by ambulance.
- The bite should NOT be touched and the affected limb kept immobile.
- DO NOT suck the wound.
- DO NOT cut the wound.
- DO NOT apply bandages or tourniquets.
This article published on
01 July 2005
Next review date 01/07/2013