Want to get involved in Gray Ratsnake monitoring? The Adopt-a-Snake program is a great way to do so. As part of the park’s Gray Ratsnake conservation effort, proceeds from adoptions go towards the purchasing of supplies to microchip and process the snakes that we capture in the park. The microchips allow us to monitor their population, as well as the growth, survival, and movement of individual snakes. We hope that through this program we can learn more about their behaviour to better protect their environment.
For $40, you can ‘adopt’ a microchipped snake. Adoptees will receive updates on their snake’s growth and activity through email whenever their snake is recaptured. We also provide yearly updates on the Gray Ratsnake population and Adopt-a-Snake program.
If you are interested in adopting one of the snakes below, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Adopt-a-Snake” and we will process the adoption. Be sure to include the pit tag number of the snake you are interested in in the email.
Pit Tag: 152425687A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first captured on June 29th, 2020 at the Lally Homestead in a hole in the wall. She looked like she was about to shed her skin! She is a medium sized snake at 131cm and 540g.
Pit Tag: 152423327A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first captured on July 9th, 2020 on Black Ance Road near the Rideau Trail to McParlan House. He bit and musked on us when he was first captured, but was calm for processing. He is 138.5cm long and 400g.
Pit Tag: 152426652A
This young Gray Ratsnake was first captured on July 19th, 2020 at the Lally Homestead. He rattled his tail and musked on us, but was otherwise very friendly. He was 118.3cm long and weighed 385g.
Pit Tag: 152431642A
This female Gray Ratsnake was found on July 25th, 2020 at the Lally Homestead. She was found curled up in a hole in the side of the building by costumed park interpreters. She was very small at only 85cm long and 115g. She bit someone when she was first caught but was otherwise very calm.
Pit Tag: 152436262A
This female Gray Ratsnake was found on July 30th, 2020 crossing the road near the administration dock. She weighed 345g and was 116cm long and was very active while being measured. She has unique yellow colouring on her chin.
Pit Tag: 152431164A
This male Gray Ratsnake was found on August 6th, 2020 upstairs in the Lally Homestead. He was 127cm long and weighed 440g. He looked like he was getting ready to shed his skin!
Reilly (below) has been adopted!
Pit Tag: 152424792A
This female Gray Ratsnake was found on August 30th, 2020 at the Fallows Comfort Station. She was 120.2cm long and weighed 315g. She was very friendly and had beautiful colouring.
Pit Tag: 152431114A
This female Gray Ratsnake was found on September 3rd, 2020 on Country Road 21. She was only 70.15cm long and weighed 84g. She is a very young snake.