Adopt-a-Snake

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 friendsofmurphyspointpark@yahoo.ca 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.

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Pit tag: 152254137A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on May 7, 2018 at the park store. He measured 153.95 cm long and weighed 840 grams. He was very calm, but had some swelling below his vent.

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Pit tag: 152425366A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 2, 2019 at the main beach. He measured just 89.5 cm long and weighed 155 grams – just a little baby snake! He was quite fiesty and kept trying to get into a staff member’s pocket.

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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.

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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!

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Pit tag: 152429727A
This male Gray Ratsnake was found on May 20th, 2021 at the staff house. He bit a staff member and was quite squirmy, musking to calm himself down. He has a strange mark above his left eye (see picture). He measured 325 grams and 125.45 cm.

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Pit tag: 152423107A
This male Gray Ratsnake was found by the Fallows campground entry gate on June 6, 2021. He was 110.3 cm long and weighed 235g. He had just eaten a meal when we found him, but he vomitted it (a chipmunk!) up as we were driving him back to the gate…

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Pit tag: 152434501A
This male Gray Ratsnake was found on June 12th, 2021 in the Fallows campground. He measured 136.1 cm and weighed 440 grams. He was quite aggressive and musked a bit, but was calm for processing.

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Pit tag: 152432584A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first found on June 13, 2021 in the Hogg Bay campground. She measured 119.6 cm and weighed 320 grams, and was very tense and squirmy for processing.

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Pit tag: 152460670A
This female Gray Ratsnake was captured on June 27, 2021 at the Rideau comfort station. She measured 127.85 cm long and weighed 475 grams. She was very calm and has a stunning, distinct yellow chin.

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Pit tag: 152454313A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on July 14, 2021 at the staffhouse. He weighed 220 grams and measured 93.3 cm long. He was quite feisty, musking a bit and properly biting a staff member. He had also just eaten.

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Pit tag: 152464464A
This beautiful female Gray Ratsnake was first found on July 21, 2021, in the campground. She weighed 490 grams and measured 135.5 cm long. She was not super happy to have been found, and musked a lot during processing.

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Pit tag: 152460167A
This tiny Gray Ratsnake was first found on July 25, 2021 near the Rideau comfort station. It measured 75.15 cm and weighed just 70 grams. It was too small to check the sex of, and was very calm for processing.

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Pit tag: 152462066A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on July 30, 2021, near the bridge at McParlan House. It weighed 284 grams and measured 123.6 cm long. He was tense and somewhat unhappy to be found, and since staff didn’t have a pillowcase when he was found he was caught and carried to the van in a dragonfly net.

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Pit tag: 152461542A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 6th, 2021, in the Fallows campground. She measured 120.7 cm long and weighed 430 grams. She was calm and friendly, and had some orange dots between her scales, potentially mites.

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Pit tag: 152461066A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 5, 2021 along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. He was bitey and a really incredible climber, climbing a tree right in front of staff! He weighed 300 grams and measured 112.05 cm long.

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Pit tag: 152465023A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 18, 2021 near the bridge at McParlan house. He was very aggressive upon capture and bit two staff members! He measured 133.55 cm and weighed 530 grams.

Zephyr (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152453664A
This male Gray Ratsnake was found in the Fallows campground on June 6, 2021. He was 133.1 cm long and weighed 390 g. When we caught him, he had just had a nice meal (as he had a large food bulge)!

William Snakespeare (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152461444A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 31, 2021 on Black Ance Road. He measured 120.45 cm long and weighed 380 grams. He was very aggressive and bit a staff member 10 times!

ROELK (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152425326A
This female Gray Ratsnake was found on May 23, 2021 outside the park store, on top of the propane tank. She was 105 cm long and weighed 170g. She was very calm and friendly.

Arnold (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152455424A
This male Gray Ratsnake was found on July 12, 2021 at upper ski. He was very calm and very squirmy – quite the little acrobat! He was quite small, measuring just 240 grams and 107.9 cm. Curiously, he also had what appeared to be an ant’s head embedded in the end of his tail… he’s an adventurous little fella!

Sidney (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152242654A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 13, 2018, at the Fallows campground. She measured 124.75 cm long and weighed 450 grams. She was a bit nervous and rattled her tail quite a bit during processing!

Benny (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152453527A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 26, 2021 in the grass in front of the steam boiler at the Silver Queen Mine. He measured 125.9 cm and weighed 380 grams. He was very friendly and squirmy.

Macy (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 15245416A
This female Gray Ratsnake was fist found on August 5, 2021 in the milkshed at McParlan house. She measured 97.05 cm and weighed 225 grams. She was squirmy and stinky, and had orange dots on her scales (possibly mites).

Dumbledore (below) has been adopted!

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This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 13, 2021 at the Lally homestead. He bit a staff member twice and appeared as if out of nowhere! He weighed 170 grams and measured 96.5 cm long.

Arlo (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152459541A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on July 30, 2021 in the milk shed at McParlan House. He weighed 75 grams and measured just 67.6 cm long. He had just eaten (possibly a frog judging by the shape of the lump), and was quite squirmy. He tried to bite a staff member a few times, but his teeth hadn’t grown in yet!

Samantha (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152457336A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first found on August 3, 2021 at the Lally homestead. She measured 81.25 cm and weighed 95 grams. She was very calm, and was getting ready to shed.

Reese Slitherspoon (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152464494A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first found on June 20, 2021 at the steam boiler. She weighed less than 600 grams and measured 135.5 cm long. She was very calm and friendly.

Bender (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152465293A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first found on July 26, 2021, on the McParlan trail. He weighed 505 grams and measured 144.85 cm long. He was quite angry at first, even biting a staff member, but musked a bit and calmed down.

Zeno (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152457370A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first captured on July 19, 2021 at campsite 113. He weighed 450 grams and measured 149 cm long. He was fairly aggressive at first, but calmed down a bit, and was very squirmy!

Brienne (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152417030A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first found on September 12, 2020 on the park outroad. She measured 160.6 cm long and weighed 645 grams. She was very calm for processing.

Sylvie (below) has been adopted!

Pit tag: 152455090A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first found on July 17th, 2021, in the campground. She measured 87.3 cm long and weighed 105 grams. She had beautiful colouration and was very calm and wriggly.

Chia (below) has been adopted!

Pit tag: 152465264
This female Gray Ratsnake was first found on July 17th, 2021, in the campground. She measured 132.4 cm and weighed 500 grams. She had lots of scarring along her belly, and was very calm and squirmy. She may have been gravid.

Severus (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152432772A
This female Gray Ratsnake was found on May 30, 2021 on top of the outside window ledge at the bunkhouse at the Silver Queen Mine. She was 125 cm long and weighed 525g. She was very calm.

Sabine (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152430767A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first captured on June 10, 2021 on Lally Road. She measured 68 cm long and weighed 80 grams. She was very calm and squirmy.

Remi (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152464601A
This female Gray Ratsnake was first captured on June 19, 2021 on the steam boiler at the Silver Queen Mine. She was 130.65 cm long and weighed 505 grams. She was resistant to capture, but very calm for processing, and was also gravid!

Blue Mica Daddy (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152423422A
This male Gray Ratsnake was captured on May 29th, 2021 at the Lally homestead. He measured 155.5 cm long and weighed 595 grams. He musked a bit but was otherwise calm for processing.

Finn (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152431666A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first captured on June 11, 2021 near the Silver Queen Mine bunkhouse. He measured 75.3 cm and weighed less than 100 grams. He was very calm for processing.

Grasshopper (below) has been adopted!

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Pit tag: 152425287A
This male Gray Ratsnake was first captured on June 5, 2021 near the Fallows gate. He was 132.25 cm long and weighed 350 grams. He was very calm and friendly.