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Slithering Snakes in Manitoba : Articles & Resources

Where is the best place to find thousands of red-sided garter snakes in the whole world?

Narcisse,Manitoba! For six weeks, in April and May, they wake up from eight months’ sleep. First the males pop out of the ground and then they wait for the the females to come out of the three large dens. One of these dens can have eight thousand snakes inside. Eew!

These dens are perfect for the snakes’ hibernation; the dens are humid and the temperature stays above freezing. This is important because snakes are cold-blooded.

After the snakes mate, the males leave to eat their first meal in a long time! They can travel 12 km. Scientists do not know why these snakes keep coming back to the same den every year.

Every year, hundreds of people come to Narcisse to see these red-sided garter snakes wake up!

Narcisse Snake Dens

Watch this video to see thousands of snakes:


Narcisse Snake Dens Updates

Montgomery, Sy. The Snake Scientist , 1999 ,The Houghlin Mifflin Company

Takats L.  "Red-Sided Garter Snake Relocation and Education Report", Species at Risk Report no. 30;Alberta Sustainable Resources Development. Fish and Wildlife Division, 18 pp., 2002. http://www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/library/egovdocs/alsrd/2002/135670.pdf