Who are the Snakes in Your Neighbourhood?
|The Northern Pacific Rattlesnake is the only venomous|
snake found in the Okanagan, but they are timid and elusive.
Photo: Paula Rodriguez de la Vega
Why are Snakes Important?
Snakes have played a key role in the environment for millions of years. Snakes are important players in the continuous cycling of nutrients and help to maintain the interdependence between species. They are significant predators of rodents such as mice, voles and pocket gophers. Snakes themselves are important prey for other predators, such as birds of prey, badgers and bears. If their populations continue to be threatened, they could face extinction and be gone from this area forever. People who take the opportunity to better understand snakes find them fascinating animals.
Snake Stewardship Resources (click title for document)
Snake Smart – identifying local snakes
Snake Barrier Fencing
Working in Snake Country
Wanted – Desert Night Snake
Creating surrogate habitat for snakes in agricultural settings
Living with Wildlife: Snakes