Various natural cover items can be provided
for snakes on your property.  Look closely
at the small hole in this log.  The
massasauga is a master of
remaining hidden.

 

 

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BENEFITS OF CREATING HABITAT

YOU…

  • …can recreate natural areas that were originally a part of your
    property;
     
  • …will attract several types of new wildlife to the natural setting of your home;
     
  • …will enjoy your link to nature and its unique wildlife;
     
  • …will aid in community awareness and create an interest in
    local wildlife;
     
  • …will receive free rodent control compliments of your local wildlife;
     
  • …will be a part of rare species protection, locally and globally.

THE SNAKE…

  • …will have safe passage through wildlife corridors;
     
  • …will be allowed to share its wilderness with caring individuals;
     
  • …will be given a fair chance to survive in Ontario;
     
  • …will earn respect from people in the area.

TIPS TO KEEP SNAKES AND PEOPLE SAFE

To keep snakes away from your home or cottage without harming them:

  • remove or tidy up possible snake cover from around your house or cottage (plywood, junkpiles, tin and aluminum siding, old cars, tires, brush piles);
     
  • pile wood away from the house/cottage and up on a raised platform;
     
  • keep weeds near buildings cut down to a minimum;
     
  • keep grass short in areas you use for recreation.

SHOULD I PUT UP A FENCE?

Most bites occur when people harass snakes. Infrequent encounters do not warrant the false sense of security that a fence would offer. It is impossible to hide yourself away from bees, bears, raccoons, and snakes. Embracing all parts of nature with common sense allows for a mutual respect of the environment we live in.

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