It’s never good when human development encroaches on critical habitat of at-risk wildlife.  But it’s especially problematic in the case of the threatened massasauga rattlesnake — Ontario’s only remaining venomous reptile. The eastern Georgian Bay region is the largest remaining uninterrupted range of the massasauga in Canada. However, as human development expands, critical habitat is impacted.  But in order to save the snakes, you have to find them! Field Assistant Josh Porter, assisting lead biologist Eric Jolin, reports to us from The Massasauga Rattlesnake Translocation project. 

Hello all, we hope that summer has been going well for everyone. For those who haven’t read last month’s blog we promised a game this month called “Can you spot the Massy?” We have compiled three photos of our gestating females at their sites. Unfortunately the lack of rain, and abundance of hot/dry weather has killed off most of the ground vegetation cover. On a positive note, that should make it easier for you guys to find the snakes! It may require you to zoom in and look around. We will have one photo zoomed out, with a following photo zoomed in and the snake circled in blue.

Hiding in the dry grass.

Can you spot her?

There she is!

This one may be a little bit unfair for you guys, but it shows just how alert we have to be while looking for these snakes….that’s also your hint!

Peek-a-boo!

 

 

How did you do? It’s comforting to know that the snakes can still find places to hide even when all the vegetation has dried out and dwindled to almost nothing! Let’s hope that the rain comes back and breathes some life into everything again.

See you guys in a month with our next blog post!

Josh