12 tweetable facts about Canadian snakes

Massasauga rattlesnake (Photo by Aaron Goodwin)

Massasauga rattlesnake (Photo by Aaron Goodwin)

August 6, 2014 | by Carys Richards

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 Canada, the blue racer snake is only found on Pelee Island. (Tweet this!)

The eastern hog-nosed snake plays dead when threatened. It writhes around, rolling over and sticking its tongue out. (Tweet this!)

Red-back salamanders are the northern ring-necked snake’s favourite meal. (Tweet this!)

Though it vibrates its tail when threatened, the milksnake is actually a constrictor. (Tweet this!)

The smooth greensnake is excellent at camouflaging among shrubs and grasses. (Tweet this!)

Eastern foxsnakes can both swim and climb trees. (Tweet this!)

The common gartersnake is the most commonly distributed reptile in Canada. (Tweet this!)

The harmless eastern hog-nosed snake will mimic cobras and rattlesnakes to ward off threats. (Tweet this!)

The gray ratsnake is Canada’s largest species of snake. (Tweet this!)

The queen snake is aquatic and non-venomous, and at maturity it can be 60-90 cm long. (Tweet this!)

Despite its fearsome reputation, the massasauga rattlesnake, Ontario’s only venomous snake, is shy and docile, and avoids human contact whenever possible. (Tweet this!)

The eastern foxsnake is also globally rare, existing only around the Great Lakes basin in southern Ontario, Michigan and Ohio. (Tweet this!)
Updated August 11, 2014.
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