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Scotland is rather benign, we have a few Adders here and there, who will always get out of your way if possible, but the real deal in terms of making you run when you see them are Midgies. Of course it is only the females that draw blood.
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It's it true there are no snakes in Ireland?
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Bodycon wrote:
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:29 pm
Scotland is rather benign, we have a few Adders here and there, who will always get out of your way if possible, but the real deal in terms of making you run when you see them are Midgies. Of course it is only the females that draw blood.
And around the coast we have plenty of jellyfish, that can give you a nasty itch! What else? oh I have heard that mackerel can give you quite a surprise if you go skinny dipping! There are things that really shouldn't be nibbled!
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About 15,000years ago the ice retreated off the European landmass and small animals including snakes migrated gradually northward colonizing areas with new vegetation. There was a simultaneous rise in sea levels which flooded the Irish Sea and later the English Channel making islands out of Ireland and Gt Britain.
The Irish Sea is deeper than the English Channel and Ireland was already cut off from those migrating creatures which included snakes and moles, so we have none of either except in zoos.

Britain remained attached by land to Continental Europe long enough for some snakes &c. to migrate there before the shallower English Channel flooded.

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Kirbstone wrote:
Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:26 am
About 15,000years ago the ice retreated off the European landmass and small animals including snakes migrated gradually northward colonizing areas with new vegetation. There was a simultaneous rise in sea levels which flooded the Irish Sea and later the English Channel making islands out of Ireland and Gt Britain.
The Irish Sea is deeper than the English Channel and Ireland was already cut off from those migrating creatures which included snakes and moles, so we have none of either except in zoos.
Britain remained attached by land to Continental Europe long enough for some snakes &c. to migrate there before the shallower English Channel flooded.
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Now wait one minute Tom, it was Saint Patrick that drove all of the snakes out of Ireland! :lol: :rofl: :hide:
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You're absolutely right of course, Fred. How remiss of me not to have remembered that little detail.

Depending on whose story you believe, there was this little boy who asked his Mum very seriously, where did Mankind come from? To this profound question the Mum launched into the story of the Garden of Eden and Adam & Eve &c &c.

Still a bit curious he put the same question to his Dad one day, so the Dad launched into the historical/genealogical/ archaeological evidence found mostly in East Africa about the various Ape-like hominid species, ending up in the emergence and dominance of Homo Sapiens....ourselves.

Confused, the boy returned to his Mum and told her what his Dad had said about ape-like creatures &c evolution &c., to which his Mum supplied the complete answer.........'Oh. your Dad was just talking about HIS side of the family!'

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:lol: :lol: HA HA HA HA HA ! :lol: :lol:

I love it Tom!!!
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I've been told that they can't even breed captive snakes in Ireland for some scientifically inexplicable reason. People have always like bringing in exotic animals from faraway places. You'd think by now some would have gotten loose and started reproducing at some point since then if it was simply a matter of none coming over at the end of the ice age. Invasive species are a thing everywhere else...
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We have Mink. These were all imported and 'farmed' at several locations throughout the country. Some while ago the bottom fell out of the price of mink pelts as it became unfashionable to wear real mink (or any other furry animal) and the mink farms went bust & released their captive creatures into the wild where they went ferrel (probably the wrong spelling).

Since then we have wild mink everywhere which predate on poultry and are a menace. Climatic conditions here suit them and they reproduce and thrive.

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