NatureNorth's - Narcisse Snake Dens, Snake Log 2019

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Spring Snake Viewing Season 2019

The 2019 spring snake viewing season is over. See the updates on the right.

Remember, for best snake viewing, weather matters! Check the weather for the Interlake region at this link: Weather for Gimli, Manitoba.


Take a Virtual Tour of the Snake Dens.

Watch our Snake Den Videos.

Follow this link for more on Manitoba's other snakes.


Snake Den Map and FAQ's - for a map to the den site and 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: May 31, 2019

The spring viewing season for the snakes at Narcisse is winding down as the snakes disburse to their summer feeding grounds.

Previous 2019 updates can be viewed here.

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

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:

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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 Pauline Bloom, Manitoba Sustainable Development for the update information.)

 


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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.

And check out this National Geographic article: Amazing Video: Inside the World's Largest Gathering of Snakes


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:

May 25, 2019

The peak of the snake emergence has likely passed, but there should still be good numbers around for a few days. The warm weather forecast for later this week should bring viewing to an end though.

May 17, 2019

The numbers of snakes at Narcisse have been slowly increasing and viewing will be good for the Victoria Day weekend.  With the warm weather forecasted for the weekend, more snakes should be emerging every day. Viewing opportunities will continue into next weekend as the snakes continue to emerge. Warm, sunny days are best for viewing snakes.

May 10, 2019

The numbers of snakes at Narcisse are slowly improving, and more snakes are being observed at Dens 2 and 3. Mating balls have been seen at both these dens. With the warm weather forecasted for the weekend, more snakes should be emerging every day. The peak viewing opportunity is predicted to be on the Victoria Day weekend. Warm, sunny days are best for viewing snakes.

May 8, 2019

The first few snakes have started to emerge at the Narcisse snake dens, with a small number of snakes observed at Dens 2 and 3. With the warm weather forecasted for this week, more snakes should be emerging every day. Warm, sunny days are best for viewing snakes.

May 5, 2019

Snakes are beginning to emerge, but numbers will be low for this coming week. Peak emergence this year isn't expected until after Mother's Day. It's been a late, cool spring.

April 30, 2019

The snakes have not yet started to emerge at the Narcisse snake dens.  We expect to start seeing them over the next week as the weather warms up.

Warm, sunny days are best for viewing snakes when they emerge from the dens.

Den 2 is open again, renovations to the viewing platform have been completed.

April 25, 2019

Spring has arrived and the weather is warming up. However, it is still cold underground and the snakes have not started to emerge yet. We expect to start seeing them over the next week if the warm weather continues. Warm, sunny days are best for viewing snakes when they emerge from the dens.

April 13, 2019

The first reports are coming in of snakes starting to get active in the Interlake region. So, snake viewing at the Narcisse Dens will get underway within the next week or two, but mid-May is likely to be the best viewing.

April 9, 2019

Snake viewing is still a few weeks away. It's -7C and snowing today. Any snake poking its head out will head back down!

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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