The Bruce Peninsula is a relatively narrow section of land with
ever-increasing demand for homes and cottages has contributed greatly to
habitat destruction and fragmentation.
Populations of rare plants and animals have some habitat protection in
parks and nature reserves. However, some species also need to move
across landscapes, on both public and private lands. Plants and animals
do not live within human-set boundaries.
Human persecution of snakes has furthered the decline of the massasauga
and other snake species in Ontario. This behaviour promotes a continued
misunderstanding of this species, perpetuating an erroneously negative
image of snakes in the eyes of the general community and younger
collection of snakes for the pet trade, although illegal and potentially
dangerous, also occurs.
Road mortalities are a
common cause of
death for massasaugas.