Tiny Snakes in Shrinking Habitats
- Created: Thursday, 25 September 2008 12:49
This little critter would sit neatly on a loonie, but he'd rather hide under a rock pile or rotten log in some woodland. More unicorns have been spotted in our region than Sharp-tailed Snakes because most haven't even heard of Sharpies. Despite their probable objections, HAT is trying to increase the little serpent's profile so that it can persist for another few thousand years in our region. This snake and 117 other Species at Risk in the same habitats (Garry oak ecosystems) are facing the greatest threat since the ice age - explosive urban development. For three years HAT and biologist Christian Engelstoft have been locating previously unknown Sharpie populations from Metchosin to Galiano Island with the help of landowners with suitable habitats. We want to know where the snakes live so that as development occurs, their needs are taken into consideration. We're only now learning about their habitat requirements and what it will take to maintain this biological hotspot called Southern Vancouver Island. For more information on this project including a comparison of Sharpies to garter snakes, click here.