In this quick video, the Ojibway Prairie Reptile Recovery team is installing artificial hibernacula in the Ojibway Prairie Complex. A hibernaculum (plural: hibernacula) is a shelter that snakes will use over-winter. With a long tube and multiple chambers at different depths, our artificial hibernacula are designed to mimic a crayfish burrow, which massasaugas use naturally.
These artificial hibernacula will eventually be used for massasauga rattlesnake conservation translocations. This winter, eastern gartersnakes are being used to test the effectiveness of the artificial hibernacula, as per all required permits and animal care authorizations.