You can create cover by establishing brush
piles, rocks, logs, long grass, and leaf litter. These habitat features will
attract snakes, amphibian species, and even small mammals.
Cover provides snakes with
resting areas, safety, hunting grounds, gestation areas, and shelter from
the elements. If you presently do not have cover on your property, many
natural items may be used. If you do have a resident massasauga, do not
disturb the existing cover. To reduce human-snake interactions, establish
your snake habitat away from public or well used areas. Many of the same
items used for cover can be used for basking. Large flat rocks, wood and
brush piles, fallen trees or bare ground are ideal habitats for snakes.
Since massasaugas are sensitive to disturbances, these habitats should be
established in a quiet, undisturbed area.
YOUR RATTLESNAKE SIGHTINGS
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
operates Ontario’s Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC). The Centre is
dedicated to protecting Ontario’s biodiversity, and is responsible for
assembling and organizing information on species at risk.
First hand reports of any species at risk can
be made through the NHIC website at:
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/nhic/nhic.html or by mail:
Natural Heritage Information Centre
Ministry of Natural Resources
300 Water Street, 2nd Floor, North Tower
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 8M5, Canada
Tel: (705) 755-2159 Fax: (705) 755-2168
It is important to report your sightings,
since wildlife managers use this information to track the status and
distribution of various species.