Author Archives: Gray Ratsnake

Motherly Instinct

By Alida Lemieux Gray Ratsnakes, like many other snakes are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs.  Female ratsnakes usually lay a clutch of a dozen or more eggs in late June or July, and abandon them after laying.  While this may … Continue reading

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Warm Enough For Ya?

By Alida Lemieux Spring has finally sprung, and Gray Ratsnakes are emerging from their overwintering sites, or hibernacula.  We humans are “emerging” from our homes as well; ready to take on whatever weird weather and flip-flopping temperatures Nature has to … Continue reading

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Snake Season

Back in the 1990s, some intensive research took place at Murphys Point Provincial Park. The aim was to track individual Gray Ratsnakes to determine what their habits and ranges were. Snakes were captured and a small radio transmitter device was … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Welcome to our Gray Ratsnake blog – a site devoted to answering questions and promoting local conservation efforts for this species at risk in Ontario. Also known as the Black Ratsnake, this harmless constrictor is the subject of provincial recovery … Continue reading

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