Give a hiss on World Snake Day

A prairie rattlesnake neonate - note the triangular shaped head and yellowish-green colouration.(Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

A prairie rattlesnake neonate - note the triangular shaped head and yellowish-green colouration.(Photo by Wonnita Andrus/NCC staff)

The sun is just beginning to crest the grassland coulee slopes of Lethbridge, Alberta, but I have already been hiking for an hour. I am on the search for one of Alberta’s most feared predators. Its perfected greenish-yellow camouflage and...

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From the archives: Stories to step up your snake savviness

Eastern hog-nosed snake (Photo by Ken Towle)

Did you know that July 16 is World Snake Day? While snakes may not be your typical poster child of all things cute and cuddly, they are fascinating and admirable in their own way. Celebrate snakes with us by learning about these slithery...

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Close encounters with one of Canada’s more mysterious turtle species: The leatherback sea turtle

Jen McCarter and leatherback sea turtle statue (Photo by Gabhan Chalmers)

NCC Conservation Coordinator for the Ontario Region, Jennifer McCarter, poses with a statue after having just watched a real, critically endangered, pacific leatherback sea turtle nesting in Marino Las Baulas National Park, Costa Rica in 2012 (Photo by Gabhan Chalmers)

We rushed down the dark beach, illuminated only by the moonlight, and struggled to keep up in the deep sand. Aside from the gentle lapping of the ocean waves to our right, everything was quiet. Our group moved forward, silent with anticipation....

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Conservation Volunteers helping protect snapping turtle habitat in Nova Scotia

Snapping turtle (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Snapping turtle (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)

Imagine if you can a wide gravel beach overlooking a small, tranquil lake surrounded by rich forests. As the sun rises on the horizon, a turtle breaks the surface to survey the surrounding landscape. This snapping turtle has recently come out of...

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La tortue mouchetée: mon animal canadien favori

Blandings turtle (Photo by NCC)

Pour ma part, c’est la tortue mouchetée qui a ravi mon cœur! Par la forme de son bec cornu et son cou jaune vif très apparent, cette espèce de tortue semble afficher un sourire en permanence. Hormis ce...

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La tortue musquée : mon animal canadien favori

Stinkpot turtle (Photo by Ontley, Wikimedia Commons)

Stinkpot turtle (Photo by Ontley, Wikimedia Commons)

Mon animal canadien favori est une des premières espèces en péril avec laquelle j’ai eu la chance de travailler en chair et en os : la tortue musquée! Mon intérêt pour cette petite tortue nocturne a...

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World Wildlife Day Round 3: Vote for your favourite reptile or amphibian species

World Wildlife Day: vote for Blanding's turtle (photo by Ryan M. Bolton), gray treefrog (photo by Ryan M. Bolton) or four-toed salamander (photo by Brian Gratwicke)

World Wildlife Day: vote for Blanding's turtle (photo by Ryan M. Bolton), gray treefrog (photo by Ryan M. Bolton) or four-toed salamander (photo by Brian Gratwicke)

These may not be your typical fuzzy and cuddly wildlife creatures, but they are no less important in their contribution to nature’s biodiversity. But just how do we differentiate reptiles from amphibians? Here are a few quick facts for the...

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The majestic leatherback sea turtle

Propelling through the water on a relentless journey (Photo by Canadian Sea Turtle Network)

Propelling through the water on a relentless journey (Photo by Canadian Sea Turtle Network)

When most of us think of turtles, we think of the little painted turtles that can be seen bathing in the sun’s rays on a summer afternoon on the edge of a pond or lake. Many may not be aware that here in Nova Scotia we have a frequent...

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12 tweetable facts about Canadian snakes

Massasauga rattlesnake (Photo by Aaron Goodwin)

Massasauga rattlesnake (Photo by Aaron Goodwin)

Whether you're a snake savant or simply a citizen, it's the time of year that our slithery friends are out and about. Here are some interesting tidbits about our native snake species to share with your friends and followers on Twitter: In...

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Why turtles don't make the best roommates: A caution against keeping turtles as pets

Hatchling map turtle (Photo by NCC)

Hatchling map turtle (Photo by NCC)

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we often receive inquiries from well-meaning Canadians wanting advice about how to help the animals and plants they encounter in their daily lives. Case in point: we recently received an inquiry on the...

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