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Why did the Gray Ratsnake Cross the Road?by the Frontenac Stewardship Council.
To find out, come and ask the ratsnake for yourself. And find out how to protect this valuable creature. On Thursday July 26, from 7 - 9 pm at Verona Lions Hall, all are welcome to attend a presentation by two Species at Risk specialists, hosted by the Frontenac Stewardship Council.
The Gray Ratsnake is also known as the Black or Eastern Ratsnake. It is non-venomous and is Ontario’s largest snake, reaching up to 2 metres in length. This snake is an excellent climber. Watch for the Gray Ratsnake overhead, where it may be up a tree or bush sunning, preparing to shed its skin or hunting for prey.
In southeastern Ontario, the Gray Ratsnake is a threatened species. Serious threats to them include road mortality and the destruction of good hibernation sites. The Gray Ratsnake is slow to mature and reproduce, which hinders the recovery of the species. Everyone can help protect them: watch for snakes on the roads especially between May and October. Find out much more at the evening information session in Verona.
Tim Wood, Species at Risk technician with Kemptville MNR, will provide a slide show of the Species at Risk in Frontenac County and surrounding area. Tim plans to bring his favourite Gray Ratsnake, introducing the crowd to Ontario’s largest snake, providing insight on their features, habitat and protection, including how landowners can get involved. Kate Pitt, Species at Risk Biologist with the Peterborough MNR, will discuss the new habitat regulation for the Gray Ratsnake and clarify the implications for landowners. Kate will also explain the Endangered Species Act, including how it pertains to landowners and developers; plus how to report potential Species at Risk.
All are welcome to the show. Bring the family and meet the special guest; there is no charge. It’s all happening on Thursday, July 26 from 7 - 9 pm at the Lions Hall, at 4504 Sand Road in Verona. On your travels, watch for snakes who are crossing the road. For more information, contact the Frontenac Stewardship Council chair, Gord Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org