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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Wildlife Romance


This romance dance is just barely starting at the dens & will continue through the end of May. The Narcisse area has the largest population of red-sided garter snakes in the world; the area also boasts the world's largest population of ravens (who dine like kings on snake livers, eating only the delicacy & leaving the remainder of the carcass). Garter snakes are complete shite mothers, dropping their live babies as they slither away without even a kind word. The little snakes winter the first year wherever they can find shelter; in their 2nd year the now grown babies find their way back to the dens on the scented trails of their counterparts, where they winter comfortably & then join the bi-annual migrations & Spring reproduction rituals themselves.

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  1. I quite like snakes. When I was younger I was bit a few times because I rescued snakes from boys who were torturing them. I also had a pet grass snake. Well I did until my mom found it in the closet anyway...

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    1. Snakes & reptiles I'm okay with - for me it is bugs that cause distress. Moving to 'tick heaven' has hardened me some, but still, all bugs creep me out. Ladybugs & dragonflies excepted.

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  2. That was cool. I like the idea of having a snake wildlife center.

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    1. There are even wildlife officers there during the migrations. I talked to one fellow who works a regular job, but takes his 6 weeks of holidays to work the dens (he's passionate about snakes, but single).

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  3. We never saw snakes here in Michigan when I was growing up. Oh we have them I guess but just not around here. First time I went to KY with my husband he said my eyes needed to be looking down not up in the clouds. I soon found out why! My daughter would love this video -she loves snakes. Me not so much!

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    1. These guys fall out of hay bales and slither away in front of the mower, they are so populous (& harmless).

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  4. I'm sorry I didn't watch the video. Not a big fan of snakes. They creep me out.

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    1. Totally hear you; that's how I feel about bugs.

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  5. Hmm I'm not a big fan of snakes anymore but we get enough around here that I'm not afraid of them anymore. Our cats would kill them but not eat them, I guess they don't taste good enough lol.

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    1. The Saint concurs; snakes make good toys but not good snacks. Unless you're a raven.

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  6. I wouldn't have thought of that area as a big snake area, but being able to den in cracks or fissures makes sense. I'm on the fence with snakes. As a child I had a few garden snakes as pets. My parents loved to have them around and always encouraged us to handle them. I have a great deal of respect for them.

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    1. The rock, caves, & cracks are all part of living on the Canadian Shield & give perfect shelter to the snakes (which I do like, because they eats tons of bugs).

      "A vast mass of exposed Precambrian rock known as the Canadian Shield covers about three-fifths of Manitoba. This great expanse of rock is largely overlain by glacial deposits. Its surface in Manitoba is rugged but relatively low, rising to little more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) above sea level.

      Except for the treeless tundra of the far north and the deciduous woods (composed mainly of broad-leaved trees that shed their leaves seasonally) of the extreme southeast, the region is covered by dense coniferous (cone-bearing) forests. There are hundreds of streams and rivers and countless lakes, swamps, and marshes."
      ~source: Brittania Kids

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  7. Mrs Shoes, I can't say I've ever had any fond feelings for snakes, but they ARE interesting, so I quite enjoyed this post! Of course, you will find my current post a tad tamer than yours! :D

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    1. Haha, Yes, a cuppa goes down well after a hike around the snake dens!

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