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Family posing in front of
"Please Brake For Snakes" sign.

   

PLEASE BRAKE FOR SNAKES!

To reduce snake highway mortalities, officials posted snake crossing
road signs in Killbear Provincial Park. The signs read “Please Brake
For Snakes,” and are accompanied by a snake emblem. They alert
drivers to the possibility that snakes might be on the road. Biologists
hope that people will slow down and pay closer attention to not just
snakes but all animals crossing roads inside and outside of the
Park. These signs have also been erected in other areas where the
massasauga exists.

EASTERN MASSASAUGA HABITAT SUITABILITY MODEL – GEORGIAN BAY ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Parks Canada has been working in cooperation with the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery Team on the development of a habitat suitability model. Experts developed the model using information gathered from satellite imagery and historic snake sightings. Results from research on this project suggest that a combination of landscape (satellite imagery) and local scale (e.g., weather, ground structure) data best predict suitable habitat for the rattlesnake.
Research like this will continue to determine the accuracy of suitability models and the application they have to species conservation.
 

LIVING WITH EASTERN GEORGIAN BAY’S WILDLIFE

There are many things you can do to make your property conducive
to snakes:

1. Create or maintain natural habitat

2. Report your rattlesnake sightings

3. Be a concerned camper, cottager, or property owner

4. Learn more about Georgian Bay’s wildlife

The Massasauga Provincial Park symbol
is easily recognizable.

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