Author Archives: Gray Ratsnake

Tank Climbers

Tank Climbers By: Justine Payne             Summer is a busy time for many of us. Summer is the time when families are hitting the road, travelling to a new or familiar place to relax and have some fun in the … Continue reading

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No Two Snakes are Alike

By: Justine Payne   Have you ever met someone who is the exact same as you? I haven’t! We all have different personalities with different likes and dislikes. Gray Ratsnakes are like that too!  Gray Ratsnakes are creatures of habit … Continue reading

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Bed Time!

Melanie Fowler As a general rule, humans enjoy napping, especially the babies and adolescences of our population. The two are no so different. But imagine taking a nap that lasted 6 months! That’s a lot of sleep! There are some … Continue reading

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Who’s Who?

By Mel Fowler Gray ratsnakes are fairly distinct and unique in their own way. Yet to an untrained eye, they can be mistaken for another Ontarian snake! Most places where you can find a ratsnake hanging out, you also have … Continue reading

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Gray Ratsnake Research at Murphys Point Provincial Park – Part Two –

Radio Telemetry and Whatever Else comes our Way The main focus of the research at Murphys Point this summer will be on our Gray Ratsnake radio telemetry. Over the course of the upcoming few weeks, six sizeable Gray Ratsnakes will … Continue reading

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GRAY RATSNAKE RESEARCH AT MURPHYS POINT PROVINCIAL PARK – PART ONE –

Welcome and Hibernacula monitoring Hello and welcome to part one of this blog article on the Gray Ratsnake research that is taking place at Murphys Point Provincial Park during 2014. If you are a nature enthusiast, a frequent camper, a … Continue reading

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What’s On the Menu?

By Monique Aarts The Gray Ratsnake’s menu is fairly diverse since it’s an opportunistic predator. This means it isn’t specifically made to eat and hunt one or two species, but will eat a large variety of species including mice, rats, … Continue reading

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Back Up, Man!

By Cody Noonan It has been said time and time again that Gray Ratsnakes pose no danger to humans. But just like anything else, the ratsnake will protect itself from perceived threats, and it has some very unique and sneaky … Continue reading

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The Girl Every Guy is After

By Megan Clark Lady Gray Ratsnakes are never short of attention from their male counterparts. A polyandrous species, females tend to mate with multiple males. A study published in 2005 found that out of 34 clutches of ratsnake eggs studied, … Continue reading

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Snake Senses

By Hayley Murray A snake’s senses are crucial for its survival in the wild. Snakes use their tongues for tasting, touching and smelling. They have very sensitive jaw muscles and are able to detect vibrations from their surroundings: an interesting … Continue reading

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