NatureNorth's - Narcisse Snake Dens, Snake Log 2014

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Spring Viewing Season 2014

The 2014 spring snake viewing season is still a ways away. It's been an extremely cold, snowy winter in southern Manitoba. Spring is finally here, but will it stay?!

Stay up to date with the action at the snake dens by checking here regularly. See the updates on the right.

Snake Den FAQ's - for answers to some commonly asked questions about visiting the dens Click Here.

Media Info Package - Media outlets wishing to operate in the Narcisse Snake Dens should download the following: Narcisse Snake Dens Media Information.docx (1.2 Mb, Provided by Manitoba Conservation.)

Thinking of a trip to see the world famous red-sided garter snakes of Narcisse? It's about a one hour drive north from Winnipeg to the Narcisse Snake Dens. Sunny days are always best for snake viewing. There's a large gravel parking lot and the trails throughout the site are well-packed crushed limestone.

Washrooms are available, but primitive (outhouses / privies). Bring your own food and drink, or you can stop in one of the towns along the way to eat. Water from the pumps on site is not potable, but suitable for washing or cooling off tired feet. Bring sunscreen as there isn't much shade along the trails. Take our Virtual Tour (below) to see conditions and facilities at the site, to help you prepare for your visit.


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There are restaurants in Teulon and Inwood, and general stores and gas stations in Teulon, Inwood, Narcisse and Poplarfield.

Wheel Chair Accessible SiteManitoba Conservation has done a great job of making this site wheel chair accessible! (See the Virtual Tour below.)

Fall Viewing

The snakes return to the denning area from their summer feeding grounds in late August and September. If you can't get out in the spring, try making the trip in autumn. Snake numbers can be quite impressive on warm sunny days until the end of September.


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Update: April 18, 2014

Spring went away again last week, but the forecasts for the coming week look good. Odds are, this will year will see a late emergence of snakes. Mid May ought to be good viewing, but we'll keep you posted as news comes in.

Previous 2014 updates can be viewed here.

If you're after more snake den info (please check the FAQ's first) or want to share your experiences with Manitoba's garter snakes, drop us a line at:

Email NatureNorth

Manitoba Herps Atlas

For Google Earth users, here's a KML file of the locations of the Narcisse Snake Dens. (Right click and "Save as". )

You can get more info directly from Manitoba Conservation at their website: The Snakes of Narcisse.

(Thanks to Dave Roberts, Manitoba Conservation for the update information.)

 

For some great information on Manitoba's red-sided garter snakes and the Narcisse Snake Dens check out the U-Haul Super Graphics website.

Click the "Learn More" button at the U-Haul site.

 


Take a Virtual Tour of the Snake Dens

If you can't make it to the Snake Dens or want to get ready for what you'll find when you do go, then take our Virtual Snake Den Tour. Just click the map to the right.


Before you head out, check the weather
for the Interlake region at this link:
Weather for Gimli, Manitoba.
Gimli is about 30 km east of the Narcisse Snake Dens.


 


Snake Den Videos

See what you're missing if you don't visit the Narcisse Snake Dens! We've added more snake videos. Watch our videos on our new dedicated Snake Videos Page.


Here's how things have been going this year:

April 7, 2014

Spring has finally made its way to southern Manitoba! If the current forecast holds we could see a dramatic reduction in snow cover this week. But we are still weeks away off from the start of the spring snake viewing season.

March 2, 2014

It's -27C with a windchill that makes it feel like -38C today! (Almost the same conditions as I posted December 11, in the last update! And it's been like that all winter.) The snakes are the smart ones, they've slept through all this!

Check the updates above or check out our FAQs.

To see how things unfolded in previous years follow this link: Previous Years at the Dens.

 


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