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Rondeau Snake Research

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!

Rondeau Provincial Park Visitor Centre
  1. Feathered Friends of Rondeau's Marsh
  2. Rondeau's Turtles
  3. Fungi in the Forest
  4. Carolinian Canada
  5. Rondeau's Sloughs
  6. The Trees of Rondeau
  7. Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle
  8. Rondeau's Dunes
  9. Lake Erie
  10. Eastern Coyote
  11. Eastern Foxsnake
  12. Rondeau Snake Research
  13. Eastern Newt
  14. Rondeau's Invaders
  15. Northern Map Turtle
  16. Finale