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Red-sided Garter Snakes | by neil.fisher
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Red-sided Garter Snakes

A gathering of this many snakes is not a common occurrence and only takes place in a handful of special sites in North America. The red-sided garter snake is the most northerly living reptile in the western hemisphere and must endure winter temperatures below minus fifty degrees Celsius. In order to survive the harsh cold, the snakes hibernate well below the frost line – in subterranean dens called hibernaculums. In geologically-unique regions, such as here in eastern Saskatchewan and the more well known Narcisse site in Manitoba, there are a very limited number of dens and all the snakes living in the surrounding area are forced to gather in one or two hibernaculums.

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Taken on May 20, 2017