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Here's how things at the Dens played out in previous years:

 

October 12, 2016

The fall viewing season at the Narcisse Snake Dens has ended. Please check back next spring for updates on the start of the snake emergence.

September 17, 2016

The fall migration will be winding down soon, so if you want to see some snakes, don't wait. Warm, sunny days will still see lots of snakes around the dens.

September 8, 2016

The fall migration back to the Narcisse Snake Dens is in full swing. Snake numbers at all dens are high and viewing should be good into the first week of October.

September 1, 2016

The migration back to the Narcisse Snake Dens has commenced, however, numbers of snakes on site are quite low at present. Please check back for further updates as the fall viewing season proceeds.

May 26, 2016

The spring viewing season is over with the dispersal of all but a few hundred snakes. Please check back in early September for updates on the fall viewing season.

May 20, 2016

Activity is declining markedly as the spring mating season winds down. Approximately 500 - 600 snakes can still be seen in Den 2 and Den 4, but this may last for only another week or so. In other words, the snake viewing season is just about over.

May 17, 2016

Snake activity is still going strong at Den 2 and Den 4, with about a thousand snakes at each den actively mating. With the warmer weather we are now experiencing, it is anticipated that mating will be completed in a week to a week and a half.

May 16, 2016

With the return of warm, sunny weather this week snake viewing should be good, however it is likely that the peak of emergence is nearly over and numbers will be declining shortly. This weekend will likely be the end of good snake viewing.

May 11, 2016

Weather conditions over the next five days will dampen snake activity and result in poor snake viewing conditions. It is anticipated that snake activity will resume on Monday, May 16th, when warmer temperatures and sunshine return.

May 9, 2016

The snake activity has reached its peak at  Dens 2, 3 and 4. More activity is yet to come at Den 1. Good snake viewing should still be possible for another two weeks.

May 7, 2016

Things are still going strong at the dens, though this warm weather is accelerating the emergence. Mother's Day should be great snake viewing. By next weekend things could be slowing down.

April 29, 2016

The snake emergence is in full swing, with a few thousand snakes active at each den. It is anticipated that activity will continue to grow over the next 2 weeks. The current warm, sunny forecast for the coming week should make for good snake viewing!

April 25, 2016

With warmer weather finally arriving in southern Manitoba the snakes have started to emerge. Only a handful have been seen around the dens so far. Given how spring has progressed this year it is likely that the peak of emergence should occur around the middle of May.

April 15, 2016

Well, it shouldn't be long before things get started at the dens. No action yet though. The current forecast of rain then warm weather will help get things started. Warm rain percolating down into the dens helps warm things up faster.

March 31, 2016

It's still just the end of March, no sign of snakes at the dens yet. Most of the snow is gone now, so if temperatures warm up significantly the emergence may get going a little earlier this year.

March 15, 2016

The snow in southern Manitoba is going away fast, but the snakes won't show up for a while yet. However, their cousins, the Plains Garter Snakes, have been seen already down in the SW corner of Manitoba.

February 25, 2016

Of course there's no snake activity yet! But we may be in for an early spring, after a pretty mild winter, so check back in April for an update.


October 9, 2015

The snakes of Narcisse are now underground for their winter hibernation period. Check back for the status of the snake emergence in late April 2016.

August 31, 2015

The snakes have commenced their return to the Narcisse Snake Dens for winter hibernation. Fall viewing will continue over the month of September. If possible, choose a warm, sunny day for your visit.

June 3, 2015

The 2015 spring emergence is over. The snakes have dispersed from the den area.

May 29, 2015

Approximately 500 snakes are still active at Den 4. It is anticipated that this activity will carry on over the weekend. Full dispersal from the area will be complete by early next week

May 21, 2015

It appears a new wave of emergence has occurred, with many thousands of snakes active at Den 2 and Den 3. It is anticipated that this activity will carry on over the weekend and into the early part of next week.

May 18, 2015

Activity is steadily declining as snakes begin to disperse out to their summer feeding areas. For unknown reasons there did not seem to be very many snakes at the dens this year.

May 14, 2015

Activity is steadily declining as snakes begin to disperse out to their summer feeding areas. It is anticipated that at least a thousand or so snakes will still be active and on site if warmer, sunnier weather conditions occur this long weekend.

May 8, 2015

This weekend’s cooler temperatures will suppress snake activity and make for rather unpleasant viewing conditions. The peak of activity will be pushed back by a few days to a week, resulting in high level of snake activity and good viewing conditions on the May long weekend.

April 29, 2015

Snakes are beginning to emerge now. There is good activity at Dens 2 and 3. By this weekend there ought to be 1000 or more snakes out at these dens. The peak of activity is still anticipated to occur on or around the Mother’s Day weekend.

April 24, 2015

Only a handful of snakes are out at Den 2 right now. With the current warm weather forecast numbers will increase over the coming week, but it will likely be the weekend of May 2-3 before large numbers will be active. Mid-May will likely be the best viewing time this year.

April 21, 2015

-2 C and snowing this morning! Any snakes thinking of coming out, changed their minds and went back below ground. But with the forecast improving by the weekend snakes should start emerging in numbers soon. Mid-May will likely be the best viewing time this year.

April 13, 2015

Still no activity at the Dens, but it won't be long now. The warm weather forecast for this week should get the snakes waking up. But mid-May is still likely to be the best viewing.

April 2, 2015

No snakes at the Narcisse Dens yet, but there are reports of Red-sided and Plains Garter Snakes being spotted in other parts of southern Manitoba. So it won't be long before they're out at Narcisse.

March 22, 2015

Yes, the snow is mostly gone, but it will be a while yet before the snakes start coming out.


October 7, 2014

The snakes have gone into hibernation and the fall viewing season is now over.

August 29, 2014

The red-sided garter snake migration back to the Narcisse Snake Dens for the winter has commenced. Snake viewing at the dens will peak around the middle of September, with numbers above ground declining until the end of the first week in October.

June 6, 2014

The . . . thee . . . the . . . thee . . . the . . . that's all folks!

The snakes are pretty much all dispersed now, off to the surrounding marshes to feed on frogs and toads all summer.

May 30, 2014

Activity at Den 4 is in full swing, with many thousands of snakes emerged there. Den 2 is declining but still has some activity, while full dispersal has occurred at Den 1 and 3. It is anticipated that the only snake activity after the weekend will be at Den 4. Mosquitoes are plentiful so the use of repellant is advised.

So, this is probably the last weekend to enjoy good snake viewing!

May 21, 2014

This past weekend likely saw the peak of the snake emergence. Viewing should still be good up until the coming weekend, May 24-25, but with the warm weather forecast for the coming week the main emergence will be over soon.

May 18, 2014

Dens 2 and 3 are very active right now with thousands of snakes milling about. Viewing is best when the sun is out, so try and plan your trip for a sunny day. There's lots of birds around, too, and watch for spring wildflowers like Manitoba's provincial flower, the Prairie Crocus.

May 15, 2014

Snake activity in Den 3 will be peaking this long weekend and continuing to build at the other three dens in the area. The songbird migration is in full swing, so bring along a pair of binoculars.

May 9, 2014

Activity at Den 3 is in full swing, with many thousands of snakes emerged there. Den 1, 2 and 4 are still building in numbers. These dens are expected to peak during the long weekend. The area has dried sufficiently enough that waterproof footwear is no longer required.

April 29, 2014

The emergence has commenced, with a few hundred snakes active at each den. Snake activity will build over the next few weeks, with the peak occurring around May 14th. The area is still somewhat wet so waterproof footwear is recommended.

April 25, 2014

The prolonged winter conditions and slow spring melt has delayed the snake emergence by at least a week. As a result, the snake emergence is not anticipated to start until the end of next week or perhaps a few days later. Further updates to follow as the spring progresses.

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.

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!

October 7, 2014

The snakes have gone into hibernation and the fall viewing season is now over.

August 29, 2014

The red-sided garter snake migration back to the Narcisse Snake Dens for the winter has commenced. Snake viewing at the dens will peak around the middle of September, with numbers above ground declining until the end of the first week in October.

June 6, 2014

The . . . thee . . . the . . . thee . . . the . . . that's all folks!

The snakes are pretty much all dispersed now, off to the surrounding marshes to feed on frogs and toads all summer.

May 30, 2014

Activity at Den 4 is in full swing, with many thousands of snakes emerged there. Den 2 is declining but still has some activity, while full dispersal has occurred at Den 1 and 3. It is anticipated that the only snake activity after the weekend will be at Den 4. Mosquitoes are plentiful so the use of repellant is advised.

So, this is probably the last weekend to enjoy good snake viewing!

May 21, 2014

This past weekend likely saw the peak of the snake emergence. Viewing should still be good up until the coming weekend, May 24-25, but with the warm weather forecast for the coming week the main emergence will be over soon.

May 18, 2014

Dens 2 and 3 are very active right now with thousands of snakes milling about. Viewing is best when the sun is out, so try and plan your trip for a sunny day. There's lots of birds around, too, and watch for spring wildflowers like Manitoba's provincial flower, the Prairie Crocus.

May 15, 2014

Snake activity in Den 3 will be peaking this long weekend and continuing to build at the other three dens in the area. The songbird migration is in full swing, so bring along a pair of binoculars.

May 9, 2014

Activity at Den 3 is in full swing, with many thousands of snakes emerged there. Den 1, 2 and 4 are still building in numbers. These dens are expected to peak during the long weekend. The area has dried sufficiently enough that waterproof footwear is no longer required.

April 29, 2014

The emergence has commenced, with a few hundred snakes active at each den. Snake activity will build over the next few weeks, with the peak occurring around May 14th. The area is still somewhat wet so waterproof footwear is recommended.

April 25, 2014

The prolonged winter conditions and slow spring melt has delayed the snake emergence by at least a week. As a result, the snake emergence is not anticipated to start until the end of next week or perhaps a few days later. Further updates to follow as the spring progresses.

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.

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!

 


December 11, 2013

It's -28C with a windchill that makes it feel like -39C today! I think the snakes are the smart ones for staying underground. I wish I could sleep through winter, too. Happy Holidays to one and all! Brrrrrrr.

October 2, 2013

Well, it's October and snake viewing is pretty much done for 2013. With the colder weather the snakes will have moved into the dens for good. On warm days this month there might be some milling around above ground, but viewing won't be great. But it's only 6 months until they come out again!

August 27, 2013

The red-sided garter snake migration back to their over-wintering dens has commenced. Snake viewing will continue through September. Visiting on warm, sunny days provides the best viewing opportunities.

June 6, 2013

The spring snake viewing season at the Narcisse Snake Dens is completed. Watch for updates in early September announcing the return of the snakes to the dens.

May 29, 2013

Snake activity is as follows: Den 4 is the most active with about 500 - 1000 snakes present.

Dispersal has occurred at the other 3 dens and it is anticipated that Den 4 will be vacated by the end of this weekend.

May 23, 2013

Snake activity as of Wednesday, May 22nd: Den 1 – 1,000 snakes with numbers increasing, Den 2 – 3,000 snakes with numbers increasing, Den 3 – 1000 snakes, with dispersal occurring rapidly, Den 4 – 500 snakes, numbers stable.

May 22, 2013

There are good numbers of snakes at Dens 1, 2, and 3 right now. Den 3 is well past it's peak though with only 5-6 hundred snakes around. Den 2 has more than 1000 out right now and is the best snake-viewing at present. Things will start winding down in the next week or two, especially if temperatures stay warm.

May 17, 2013

Den 3 is declining in activity as snake disperse to their summer feeding areas – present numbers are about 2,000. Den 2 and Den 1 contain a few hundred snakes each. It is anticipated that these dens will pick up in activity over the next few days to a week.

May 14, 2013

Snake activity is as follows: Den 3 is the most active with approximately 5,000 snakes emerged and mating. This den will peak in the next few days. There are approximately 500 snakes active at Den 1 and the emergence is just starting at Den 2.

May 7, 2013

The snakes are out in full force in Den 3 right now! In good weather you can see several thousand at a time. There's not much action at the other dens though, but they should pick up later.

May 6, 2013

Well, the official word has come in from Manitoba Conservation: "The snake emergence has commenced. It is anticipated that activity will build to a peak sometime in the next 2 weeks and full dispersal from the dens will be completed by the end of May."

May 3, 2013

With temperatures heading into the 20's C next week the snakes should begin emerging. Peak emergence is probably a week or two away though.

April 29, 2013

Well, spring is finally here, but there's no sign of snakes yet. Plan your snake den visit for mid to late May.

April 20, 2013

Still no spring! A snake or two has been observed here and there in the Interlake, but nothing at Narcisse yet. It's looking like the latter part of May will be snake-time this year.

April 12, 2013

Yeesh, no sign of spring yet! Last year the emergence peaked in the last week in April. It's likely the peak won't occur until mid-May at the earliest this year.

April 4, 2013

On this date in 2012 the snakes were starting to emerge! This year the snow is barely starting to melt. Snake viewing may be late this year. (Pray for spring!)

March18, 2013

The winter from hell continues! Southern Manitoba is under a snowfall warning today, with accumulations of up to 25 cm expected! Don't expect snake action for a while yet.

February 19, 2013

It's -26 C out today with a 30 km N wind. I'm thinking of crawling down into the dens with the snakes where it's still above freezing! Check back here in spring 2013!


October 5, 2012

The cold, wet weather this week has probably driven most of the snakes underground for good. There might be a few around on warm days (if we get any more), but that's probably it for the 2012 snake viewing season. Check back here in spring 2013!

September 4, 2012

Well, another summer of wandering through woods and marshes eating frogs and toads is over for the Red-sided Garter Snakes. They're starting to make their way back to the dens now.

Snake viewing will continue into the first week of October. Choosing a warm, sunny day for your visit will improve the chances of good viewing.

May 18, 2012

The spring snake viewing season is winding down, with only a few hundred snakes present at each of the four dens. It is anticipated that the snakes will be gone by the end of next week.

May 14, 2012

The snake emergence has passed its peak and numbers will start to decline soon. There will still be snakes around for the next week or so, but numbers are decreasing now.

May 3, 2012

The snake emergence is in full swing, with activity at all dens. It is anticipated that activity will continue for at least 2 more weeks.

April 26, 2012

Den 3 is still very active, with 1–2 thousand snakes emerged. Dens 1 and 2 are starting to increase in snake activity, with an anticipated peak sometime in the next 2 weeks. With the predicted warm weather this week, the coming weekend (April 28-29) should be good snake viewing, at least at Den 3. Hopefully, the other dens will get going soon.

April 24, 2012

There are very few snakes at Dens 1 and 2, but Den 3 is very active, with several thousand snakes present.

April 19, 2012

Den 3 is very active, with 2 – 3 thousand snakes present. Other dens should become active next week.

April 13, 2012

The snake emergence has begun, but numbers are extremely low and will likely not increase for at least another week.

April 4, 2012

No snakes are out at the Narcisse Dens yet, but it won't be long now. Snakes are beginning to emerge at other den sites in the Interlake region. If the weather stays warm there could be good snake viewing starting in a couple of weeks.

March 30, 2012

It's still way too early for snakes. Remember, it takes much longer for the ground to warm up than for the snow to melt. If you really need a snake fix check out our Snow Snakes article! Otherwise, check back here in April.

March 15, 2012

Despite the ridiculously warm weather in March, it will still be a while before any snakes emerge.

February 15, 2012

Of course there's no snakes yet! Check back in April.


October 13, 2011 (Return to the Snake Den Log)

Well, that should be about it for snake viewing for 2011. Unless we get some more real warm weather, the snake viewing season for 2011 is finished.

Sept. 19, 2011

Snakes are still milling around in the dens and surrounding areas. Good viewing will be finished soon as the colder weather drives the snakes underground. The coming weekend may be the last good snake weekend for the fall season. Don't expect to see the huge numbers that can be seen in spring, but pick a warm, sunny day and go see some snakes.

September 8, 2011

Good numbers of snakes are milling around in the dens and surrounding areas. The next couple of weeks should be good snake viewing. (Just don't expect to see the huge numbers that can be seen in spring.) Pick a warm, sunny day and go see some snakes.

May 24, 2011

The viewing season at the Narcisse Snake Dens is quickly coming to a close, with only a few hundred snakes still on site. Complete dispersal of snakes is anticipated by the beginning of June.

May 18, 2011

There were reports of good snake viewing last weekend (May 14-15), but this coming long weekend may mark the end of the viewing season for spring 2011. If you still want to see some snakes, don't wait any longer.

May 12, 2011

The emergence at the Narcisse Snake Dens is starting to decline, with only 3,000 – 5,000 snakes active at present. The decline will continue until full dispersal from the dens after the May long weekend.

May 4, 2011

The emergence at the Narcisse Snake Dens is in full swing, with 10,000 – 15,000 snakes active at the 3 southerly dens. (PR #231 is closed immediately east of Narcisse.)

May 1, 2011

After the snow melts, AGAIN, there ought to be good viewing later this week. Thousands of snakes were active on Friday, April 29, just before the snow storm. They will be out again on sunny days this week when temperatures recover a bit.

April 27, 2011

The emergence has commenced with approximately 10-15,000 snakes active at 3 of the dens. The area has dried significantly so no special footwear is required.

April 25, 2011

The weather forecast for the coming week is looking great, so the snake action should start to heat up, too. Some snakes have been seen at Den 3 at Narcisse. Our guess: the week of May 8 - 15 may be the best for viewing. The trails are still pretty wet right now, so rubber boots are a good idea.

April 20, 2011

A handful of snakes have started to emerge from Den 3 at Narcisse. Any significant snake emergence is still a week or more away. Rubber boots are required due to high water and lingering snow on the trails.

April 18, 2011

There are reports of snakes starting to emerge at other dens in southern Manitoba, but no action at the Narcisse Dens yet. The 2nd week of May is likely to be good snake viewing, but check back here often for updates.

April 13, 2011

Warm for a bit, now cold again. That will slow the snakes down. Don't count on seeing snakes until May. The 2nd week of May is likely to be good snake viewing, but check back here often for updates.

April 8, 2011

Spring is finally here! But don't expect any snakes to be out yet. The coming warmer temperatures may get things going soon though. Stay in touch!

April 1, 2011

Well, here it is April Fool's Day already! Mother Nature's big joke on us all is that winter is still hanging in there! So don't expect any snakes to be out for a while.


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Update: October 22, 2010

Well, that's it for snake viewing for 2010 folks. Be sure and check back here starting in late March 2011 for the next spring snake viewing season. Bye for now.

October 12, 2010

Seems there's still a few snakes around. We had one report from a visitor to the dens on Oct. 10; she saw a dozen snakes.

September 28, 2010

This week's great weather forecast should make for good snake viewing. Get out and see some snakes while you still can!

September 13, 2010

The fall migration back to the Narcisse Snake Dens has commenced and will continue for a few more weeks. Good snake viewing should occur until at least the end of the first week in October. Viewing is best on warm sunny days.

September 8, 2010

Haven't heard officially from Manitoba Conservation yet, but snakes should be starting to show up back at the dens, getting ready for the long winter's sleep.

June 9, 2010

That's all folks, show's over for this year. But there's always next year!

May 31, 2010

The snakes are dispersing from the Narcisse Snake Dens and as a result the viewing season will likely be finished by this week.

May 27, 2010

Things are winding down at the Narcisse Snake Dens for the 2010 spring emergence. There will be a few snakes around, but the best viewing is over for this year.

May 21, 2010

The snake emergence at the Narcisse Snake Dens is still going strong, but don't wait much longer if you want to see snakes. This warm weather will bring the snakes out fast.

May 14, 2010

The snake emergence at the Narcisse Snake Dens is in full swing! It is anticipated that good viewing will continue through the May long weekend.

May 11, 2010

There ought to be great snake viewing later this week and through the weekend if the current forecast holds! Sunny and 20C+ temps will bring the snakes out.

May 6, 2010

The snake emergence has commenced at the Narcisse Snake Dens, however the present cool temperatures are keeping the numbers quite low. It is anticipated that the snake emergence will gain momentum once we return to more seasonal temperature.

May 2, 2010

Snake activity has not commenced at the Narcisse Snake Dens. The recent rains should help get the snakes going, once the temperatures improve again.

April 23, 2010

Only a handful of snakes have emerged thus far. It is anticipated that snake activity will start to pick up by next weekend.

April 22, 2010

Snakes are just beginning to emerge in other dens further south in the Interlake, so it will be a while yet before there is good viewing at the Narcisse Dens. Early May should be a good time for a visit.

April 21, 2010

Despite the early spring, the snakes have not yet started emerging from their winter dens. (Though the snow has been gone a while now, it still takes a long time for the temperatures below ground to reach "snake-operating" temperature.)

April 13, 2010

Despite the early return of spring, the snakes have not yet started to emerge from their winter dens. It is anticipated that the snake emergence may commence by the weekend of April 17th and 18th if the weather remains temperate.

April 8, 2010

Manitoba Conservation reports that no snakes have been seen yet at the dens. It's likely that emergence will begin soon, though.

April 3, 2010

It's been warm earlier this week, now it's cool again. Things should get going soon though, especially on sunny days, but we're a ways from prime emergence yet.

March 24, 2010

Have you looked outside today? Of course there's no snake action yet. It's white again! After what seemed like a very early spring, things have gone back to a more normal pace. But the forecast for next week is for warm weather again, so it may not be long before the snakes start to poke above ground.


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