There is ongoing research in Rondeau Provincial Park that tracks the population of the endangered Eastern Foxsnake.
What kind of research?
If a snake with a weight of under 300g is found:
- Snakes are weighed, measured, and given a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT tag)
- A PIT tag is a very tiny electronic tag that gives each snake a different number and a way to identify them and their information
If a snake over 300g is found:
- These snakes are large enough to be given a radio transmitter!
- Transmitters are implanted in snakes through collaboration with veterinarian Dr. Sean Egan
- We are able to use telemetry to keep track of the snakes while discovering their preferred habitat and hibernacula in Rondeau
Some of our Findings:
- Some snakes are travelling over 2 kilometres a day to get to their overwintering site!
- After waking up in the Spring, these Foxsnakes keep returning to their favourite summer locations throughout the park!
- Many of the snakes we follow are surviving while living close to people - ex: in cottage sheds or even under building foundations!
This research would not be possible without the support and encouragement of park visitors and cottagers - thank you to everyone who has reported snakes to us, acted as stewards of their habitat and have gently moved snakes around you when you have encountered them!