“Canoeing” out into the marsh to track Lois Lane is hard work! Kyle stands up on the canoe to get a better look at where we are…

The Lake Erie Wetlands Wildlife team have continued to track our eastern foxsnakes throughout the summer on the shores of Lake Erie, Ontario, and boy have they been busy. The snakes were surgically implanted with transmitters to allow us to pick up a signal with a receiver and locate the snakes.  Lois Lane has persistently traveled around the least accessible locations in the marsh, moving so much that we have had to canoe out into Lake Erie to find her! She is always a joy to find, as she has grown considerably over the summer and looks magnificent. At last measure, she was almost 700g, making her one of the largest snakes on the project.

It’s hard to tell that there are two snakes in this picture, but this is Thor and Ravioli mating!

Lois Lane is not the only busy snake we’ve been tracking… Thor and Ravioli have been found getting busy in another way (together). We tracked Thor to a field in late June, only to find him mating with another snake. We decided to let him be and move on to tracking Ravioli; only to discover that it was her that he was mating with! We will be keeping a close eye on Ravioli in the coming weeks to see if she lays eggs.

A major part of research is public outreach. The snake team had a great time explaining their work to park goers on Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day at Rondeau Provincial Park. It is so important for scientists to communicate messages of wildlife conservation and the importance of science to everyone. Using visuals and props, we showed visitors how we find our snakes each week using telemetry and how we process them to gather important knowledge.

Rachel and Alyson, from Turtle Team, doing outreach at Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day at Rondeau Provincial Park