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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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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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