The Prairie Rattlesnake is considered “Secure” globally and in the U.S. Pook, C. E., W. Wuster and R. S. Thorpe. Within provincial park boundaries, Prairie Rattlesnakes are afforded additional protection through the Provincial Parks Act (Government of Alberta 2013b). 1984. Prepared for the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan. 22. For example, in the same study discussed above by Kissner and Nicholson (2003), rattlesnake occupancy at 11 hibernacula from across the Alberta range was monitored in both the 1990s and 2000s. These include: 1) seasonal congregations at overwintering sites and gestation sites, 2) high site fidelity to hibernacula and gestation sites, 3) long-distance migrations between overwintering and foraging grounds, 4) high fidelity to seasonal migration routes, and 5) conspicuous defensive behaviours. Species at Risk Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Policy, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Edson, AB. NatureServe. 2013. In the top illustration, the study hibernaculum is represented by a star (☆), and different snake movements are represented by different-coloured triangles (Δ) and connecting lines.In the top image, the thermal landscape is represented using modelled average incident solar ration … Nature Conservancy of Canada, Toronto, ON. Being a long-lived species, Prairie Rattlesnakes likely experience the same population-level effects from road mortality. (2009) identified a potential link between a 50% decline in abundance of Prairie Rattlesnakes at a hibernaculum and a very rapid increase in the number of gas wells drilled within a 15 km radius of the site; however, they did identify other potential causes for the apparent decline such as variation in sampling efficiency and the unlikely event of shifting den use. Copyright notice: © 2013 NatureServe, 4600 N. Fairfax Dr. 7th Floor, Arlington, Virginia 22203, U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Edmonton, AB. The notation offers an additional layer of protection above and beyond that which is offered on public land under the Public Lands Act (AESRD and ACA 2012). 2009. A similar pattern has been observed anecdotally by others (Gushulak pers. Adults attain an average snout-vent length of 120 cm, and an average mass of 1000 g. Like all rattlesnakes, this species has a segmented rattle at the end of its tail, two heat sensing pits below its eyes and two retractable fangs in its upper jaw. In addition to the COSEWIC Status Report on the Prairie Rattlesnake, Jonathan has co-authored or authored three other COSEWIC Status Reports on snakes in Canada: Butler’s Gartersnake, Massasauga and Milksnake. The rattlesnake preys upon small mammals, amphibians, reptiles and ground nesting birds. Shepley, B. K., D. Chiszar, K. T. Fitzgerald and A. J. Saviola. comm. Gibbs. Behavioral responses to roads and vehicles. comm. Figure 5. 2008. When inactive, they typically rest in caves, burrows and crevices. No confidence intervals were provided. The Prairie Rattlesnake in Canada attains an average snout-vent length (SVL) of 116 cm (106-135), and an average mass of 998 g (406-1474), based on a summary of six Canadian studies (see Andrus 2010). Suitable retreat sites are a necessary microhabitat component for Prairie Rattlesnakes. ; see Habitat Requirements). A conservative estimate of the total Canadian population size (all age classes) is 22,300 (20,400 – 28,300) individuals (to the nearest 100) by assuming the adult population size represents two thirds of all individuals in the population (see Biology) (Table 5). Moynahan, C.L. 2011a. Regardless, it is unlikely that Prairie Rattlesnakes dispersing from Montana would be able to naturally re-establish Canadian populations should the latter disappear and continue to decline, for the following reasons. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Prairie Rattlesnake occurs predominantly within the Mixed Grassland Ecoregion, which is the warmest, driest region of both provinces and encompasses 95,500 km2 (14%) of Alberta (Natural Regions Committee 2006) and 86,710 km2 (13%) of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre 2012). Such variation has been attributed to behavioural polymorphism with regard to migration distance (see Dispersal and Migration). Canada is home to four species of venomous snakes, including the Northern Pacific rattlesnake, Massasauga, Desert Nightsnake and Prairie rattlesnake. For an explanation of Conservation Data Centre Ranks, please check the CDC’s website. Queen's Printer. Graduate, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB. 2013b. Although the mortality level associated with being entrapped in caissons on CFB Suffield is presumed low, ongoing energy development could increase the risk (AESRD and ACA 2012). The average female would achieve 50% of her reproductive output after birthing three to three and a half litters, or at 12 - 14 years of age, therefore generation time = 13 years. Proximity to hibernacula and road type influence potential road mortality of snakes in southwestern Saskatchewan. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 304-312. In Alberta, hibernacula and rookeries on public lands are protected through the Public Lands Act and specific guidelines are set regarding the proximity of development activities in relation to these features (Government of Alberta 2011; Government of Alberta 2013c). M-over-C Land & Cattle Co. Ltd., Hazenmore, SK. This has a similar venomous bite, though the anti-venom is more widely available! 2012), two species with typical migratory distances considerably shorter than those of Prairie Rattlesnakes. These include the Bow, Oldman, Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers, and the Milk and Frenchman rivers (Missouri River drainage). Alberta Parks: Provincial Parks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(10): 4134-4139. comm. A limited number of observations exist of radio-tracked snakes either switching dens (Jørgensen 2009) or not being relocated due to lost signals, and not returning to their original den site (Jørgenson et al. Pipeline construction also poses a threat to Prairie Rattlesnakes. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, 30 pp. Martinson, A. For example, a tilled field may potentially limit the ability of an individual to access escape cover to avoid predation (Jørgensen 2009). For example, Thorpe (2012) suggests that the current ecoregions which encompass the majority of Prairie Rattlesnake range in Canada (Moist Mixed Grassland and Mixed Grassland) will shift northward by 2080 and the region currently occupied by the species could become almost entirely composed of Grama-Needlegrass-Wheatgrass vegetation (probably used at present by Prairie Rattlesnakes in the U.S.). Table 5. comm. The prairie rattlesnake is not aggressive and will usually flee if given the chance. Grasslands: toward a North American conservation strategy. Prairie rattlesnakes could be lurking in Grasslands National Park. Ecozones.ca. In Saskatchewan, we estimate the number of locations to be 26 - 44 based on the following data: a) 26 hibernacula have been reported in the province by a number of separate field investigations (Macartney and Weichel 1993; Kissner et al. Source: Jørgensen (2009), Species at Risk Act: COSEWIC assessments and status reports, Wildlife Species Description and Significance, Population Spatial Structure and Variability, Extent of Occurrence and Area of Occupancy, Acknowledgements and Authorities Contacted. 2013), Adult/sub-adult sex ratio (males : females), Canada: (Macartney and Weichel 1993; Kissner et al. Movement and spatial dispersion of Sistrurus catenatus and Heterodon platirhinos: Implications for interactions with roads. Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Over the course of fieldwork, Nicholson and Rose (2001) found that two of eight hibernacula they identified were in immediate threat of destruction/disturbance by pipeline installation. It is unknown if hibernacula complexes consist of separate, independent hibernacula situated in close proximity or if they represent multiple entrances to a single underground structure. This leads to a fairly heavy body that can grow to five feet in length. 11 pp. Ecology and conservation of Prairie Rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis viridis) in relation to movement in a fragmented urban environment. Similarity of contemporary and historical gene flow among highly fragmented populations of an endangered rattlesnake. Saskatchewan Activity Restriction Guidelines for Sensitive Species. Note that the actual rate of habitat loss could be slightly higher due to unaccounted losses from oil and gas drilling, urbanization and road construction (see Threats and Limiting Factors). 2013; Martinson unpub. Data were acquired from a variety of institutions (see Collections Examined), as well as a number of species experts. Short-distance migrants tend to remain at low elevations in the river valley (from the river’s edge to the crest of the valley), whereas long-distance migrants spend some in upland habitat. The estimated number of locations impacted by each threat is also detailed in Table 5. Animal Facts: Prairie Rattlesnake. Alberta Species at Risk Report. Furthermore, the relatively long distances travelled annually by individual Prairie Rattlesnakes (see Dispersal and Migration) increases mortality risk (Bonnet et al. 133 pp. Table 4. The IAO estimates presented here are likely underestimates for two reasons: 1) Prairie Rattlesnake observation data are biased toward easily accessed areas (e.g., proximity to roads), and, 2) IAO estimates are based solely on observation data points, and not on the biological area of occupancy (BAO), as is directed by COSEWIC (2011b). The contemporary distribution of the Prairie Rattlesnake in Canada (i.e., extent of occurrence) has probably been relatively stable over the last three generations (~40 years, 1973-2013). Population status and biology of the Prairie Rattlesnake and other reptile species in southwest Saskatchewan, 1990 - 1991. Burbrink, J. Northern Canada prairie road trip. In 2007, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List assessed the Prairie Rattlesnake as ‘Least Concern’ (Frost et al. Intentional persecution en masse and destruction of hibernacula are thought to have played a role in the historical decline of Prairie Rattlesnake in Alberta (AESRD and ACA 2012). A similar phenomenon has been described for Massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) in Ontario, where an entire ‘migration cohort’ was eliminated following the construction and use of a new road, and only snakes that naturally dispersed away from the road survived (Rouse et al. Journal of Wildlife Management 77(5): 975-982. 84 pp. 2013). The rate of population decline between years was estimated to be 0.69 (2004 - 2005) and 0.73 (2005 – 2006) using the Pradel model. 2013. Probability of extinction in the wild is at least [20% within 20 years or 5 generations, or 10% within 100 years]. Although there are requirements for these groups to maintain current best management practices for the areas (Didiuk pers. Re: Prairie Rattlesnake Post by jim_dusa » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:51 pm No snake today, the picture above was from a video I took, used the digital zoom so the sharpness dropped off. The Prairie Massasauga is a medium-sized (2-3 feet long) rattlesnake with a short, thick body, rows of dark-brown blotches covering its upper body, and a small rattle at the end of the tail. Tags reptiles snakes species at risk wildlife management. Also, anecdotal evidence suggests a decline in abundance (or extirpation) has occurred at a few historical Alberta locations (Kissner and Nicholson 2003, and sources therein), two of which were previously reported to number in the “hundreds” and “thousands.”. Prepared by Canadian Wildlife Service for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Saskatoon, SK. Automated traffic recorder monthly volume report. Heisler, L., A. Fortney, N.A. Fish and Wildlife Service. The vast majority of hibernacula recorded in Canada are closely associated with major rivers and coulees (Gannon 1978 as cited by Nicholson and Rose 2001; Martinson and Wielki 2012) and within transition zones between riparian and upland habitats (Andrus 2010; Gannon 1978 as cited by AESRD and ACA 2012). The South Saskatchewan River watershed. Fitch, H. S. 1998. Frenchman River (GNP West Block): 2,500 individuals (Kissner et al. But as a predator it has unique assets. comm. These threats are predominantly associated with the presence and expansion of two major urban centres in Alberta: Medicine Hat (population: 60,005) and Lethbridge (population: 83,517; Statistics Canada 2012). Rattlers and People: Conserving Rattlesnakes in Lethbridge. Land that is designated ‘Wildlife Habitat Protection Act Land’ by the Saskatchewan government exists along the South Saskatchewan River (from the Alberta border to beyond the town of Leader), south of Leader, and in the vicinity of the Frenchmen River outside Grasslands National Park. Queen's Printer. Garter snake den Manitoba - Duration: 0:39. swedsask 21,607 views. In Canada, hibernacula are typically associated with river valleys, and short-distance migrants tend to remain at low elevations in the river valley (from the river’s edge to the crest of the valley), whereas long-distance migrants tend to spend at least half of their time in upland habitats (Figure 10; Jørgensen 2009). Federally owned lands within the range of the Prairie Rattlesnake total approximately 4,050 km2 (Table 7). Based on mtDNA (Pook et al. In Saskatchewan, a major range disjunction is present between Prairie Rattlesnakes in the vicinity (and to the East of) the Frenchman River and those within the rest of the Canadian range (Figure 6). Biological Conservation 130: 206-216. Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, AB. Solid and half-solid circles = museum specimens, literature reports, and personal observations/collections by G. Pendlebury, circles with white dot and circles with cross = occurrences reported to G. Pendlebury and occurrences reported to sources other than G. Pendlebury, open circles = negative occurrences reported to G. Pendlebury. Accessed February 2013. Rattlesnakes use their tails to make a rattling noise. Bilyk, L., pers. Web Site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/sk/grasslands/edu/edu1.aspx [accessed Nov. 2013]. The prairie rattlesnake in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta; The desert nightsnake, a rare species found only in the southern Okanagan valley of British Columbia. Green circles represent observation records (observations outside hatched areas are historical and/or assumed to be accidental translocations). In addition to these areas, there are two First Nations reserves in Saskatchewan (Nekaneet First Nation and Wood Mountain First Nation: AANDC 2010) and one in Alberta within or adjacent to the known range of this species (Kainai [Blood] First Nation: Figure 4). Although there is no protection directly afforded to Prairie Rattlesnakes, the protection afforded other species may positively affect rattlesnakes (Poulin pers. Email correspondence to Adam Martinson. data). 2013d. 2008. Although Prairie Rattlesnakes were previously documented in this area (Pendlebury 1977; Gannon 1980, as cited by Macartney and Weichel 1993), recent authors did not include the East Block as part of the species’ current range (e.g.. Pendlebury (1977) sent a questionnaire to postmasters in a number of towns between the South Saskatchewan River and the Cypress Hills (n=~14) and all respondents indicated an absence of rattlesnakes from the area (Figure 5). Government of Alberta. 2010. Prairie Rattlesnakes that move through intensively cultivated areas may be exposed to relatively high mortality risk from natural predation or farm machinery (amongst other threats). Prairie Rattlesnakes prey on a variety of animals, including mice, ground squirrels, and rabbits. The species may also inhabit a variety of other habitats, ranging from woods and forests to croplands and brush. 2007). Minimal carbon exposed on the exterior and lots on the inside. Trends in IAO remain unknown. Jørgensen, D., pers. 2000. Municipally owned protected areas also exist in Alberta (Andrus 2010), although these areas are small in size. Roads and railroadsHousing and urban areasAnnual and perennial non-timber cropsOil and gas drillingHunting and collecting. However, since hibernacula are fairly remote, and some of the snakes migrate relatively short distances, the range of the scope is large-pervasive. In 2000, the Prairie Rattlesnake underwent a provincial status assessment by the Alberta Endangered Species Conservation Committee and was classified as Data Deficient, indicating there was insufficient information on the species to determine its status in the province (AESCC 2000 as cited by AESRD and ACA 2012). Because of increased risk associated with movement through agricultural landscapes, intensively cultivated areas may be contributing to demographic isolation of Prairie Rattlesnakes. Email correspondence to Jonathan Choquette. The Peterson Field Guide Series. ~90km). They can live in a variety of habitats, from prairies and grasslands, to deserts and scrublands. Power point presentation. Canadian Wildlife Service, Saskatoon, SK. 264 pp. Local fish include Walleye, Lake Whitefish, and Northern Pike. Prepared for the City of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB. 2009a. These include: a) the presence of two migration cohorts using a given hibernacula, which may buffer the sudden destruction or reduction in quality of either upland or riparian habitat (see Dispersal and Migration), b) the use of anthropogenic structures for dispersal, migration, hibernation and cover (e.g., roadside swales and concrete rubble; Andrus 2010), c) the use of transient structures as gestation sites (e.g., wood piles: Martinson 2009a), d) the use of hibernacula as rookeries when the latter features are limiting (Andrus 2010), and, e) the use of habitat in close proximity to humans and domestic animals (Andrus 2010). The Prairie Rattlesnake is a venomous snake that can inflict a painful and potentially deadly bite upon people, pets and livestock (Dickinson et al. The size of a hibernaculum varies considerably and multiple entrance holes may be considered part of a single ‘complex’. It is best known for the unique rings on the end of its tail that knock together and make a rattling sound. 2012; Gardiner 2012); however, mortality risk increases with increasing traffic volume. [accessed July 2013]. Moose Photo by Shivam Kumar on Unsplash 2013). Web Site: http://econet.ca/issues/gsh/Env_Values.html [accessed May 2013]. Much of the native prairie in Alberta and Saskatchewan is publicly owned but grazed by private ranchers through individual leases which are governed under the Provincial Lands Act (Stewart 2013). comm. It is currently unknown, however, whether this disjunction is likely to favour the evolution of local adaptations. 28 pp. Prairie Rattlesnakes display behavioural polymorphism with regards to migration distance. The Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridus) is a species of rattlesnake native to North America, from Southwestern Canada to Northern Mexico. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The Prairie Rattlesnake is strongly associated with major river valleys in this watershed, including the Bow, Oldman, Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers, as well as with the Milk and Frenchman rivers in the Missouri River drainage (refer to Figure 4). Riley, J. L., S. E. Green and K. E. Brobribb. (2010), snakes on either side of a major four-lane highway (HWY 401: 18,000 – 24,000 vehicles per day; MTO 2010) were not genetically differentiated. 2012. comm. For example, Gardiner (2012) concluded rattlesnakes strongly avoided crop areas, using them 24 times less than expected, but the majority of snakes in her study (74%, 17/23) were short-distance migrants. More than 95,000 km of roads cover the Grasslands Natural Region in Alberta, which includes the range of Prairie Rattlesnakes (Alberta Environmental Protection 1997, as cited by AESRD and ACA 2012). The threat they pose to humans varies by species. 15 pp. comm. Conservation Offsets in Southern Alberta - Advice on Implementation. For example, on a return visit to GNP by Macartney and Weichel in 1991 they added six active dens to their 1989 count, for a new total of 11 dens (Macartney and Weichel 1993). A rare, pattern-less Prairie Rattlesnake is shown in the foreground. Although considered ‘Secure’ in Alberta (AESRD 2012), the Richardson’s Ground Squirrel has declined in abundance and has become rare or extirpated in some areas of the province (Natural Regions Committee 2006). Environment Canada. 2006. Web Site: http://maps.countyofessex.ca [accessed Jan. 2015]. ARC Financial Corp., Calgary, AB. 2013) (also referred to as ‘riparian’ and ‘upland’ migrants: Jørgensen 2009). Table 8. 2014). Movements, migrations, and mechanisms: a review of radiotelemetry studies of Prairie (Crotalus viridis viridis) and Western Rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus). This noise is intended to make predators aware of its presence. Author's calculation based on data provided in original source(s). 2013) or drowning-out by river flooding (Nernberg pers. 0:39. The first approach produced an estimate of 2,310 (1,716 – 2,904) adults by multiplying the estimated number of known hibernacula in the province (35 [26 - 44]; Canadian Range) by an average of 66 adults per hibernaculum (assuming an average of 100 snakes per hibernaculum, two thirds of which are mature; AESRD and ACA 2012, Table 3). 2008; Jørgensen 2009, 95% MCP, radiotelemetry of 9 adult snakes (males and 1 female), 100% MCP, radiotelemetry of 23 snakes (males and females), 95% kernel, radiotelemetry of 23 snakes (males and females). Email correspondence to Adam Martinson. Primary predators of Prairie Rattlesnakes across their range include various mammalian carnivores, raptors, and other snakes (Ernst and Quinlan 2006; NatureServe 2013). comm. 86 pp. Saskatchewan Research Council. The Sharon Springs roundup and Prairie Rattlesnake demography. The declining trend in number of locations does not appear to be subsiding, and locations are projected to continue to be lost at the same rate by the end of the next 40 year period (i.e., 1990s – 2030s). comm. 2001; Ernst and Quinlan 2006; Gardiner 2012; Didiuk pers. comm. Source: Didiuk (2009). 2015. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife Division, Edmonton, AB. Canada: (Jørgensen 2009; Andrus 2010). There is an ongoing continuing decline of 3 - 18% in the amount of Prairie Rattlesnake habitat in Canada over the 40 year period from 1985 – 2024 (i.e., three generations), due to tillage alone. The species is not listed on the United States Endangered Species Act and is not currently a candidate for listing (USFWS 2013). Also, Andrus (2010) found Prairie Rattlesnakes used agricultural areas less than predicted in Lethbridge; however, all snakes in this study were short-distance migrants. Management and Recovery Strategies for the Lethbridge Population of the Prairie Rattlesnake. Status of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) in Alberta: Update 2012. 2013), making it difficult to determine if and where unsuccessful searches have occurred. 34: 6,773 vehicles per day; County of Essex 2014) were genetically different, providing evidence that the highway was a barrier to gene flow. Rattlesnakes move slowly when crossing roads (Martinson 2009b), Rattlesnakes may thermoregulate on road surfaces (Martinson 2009b; Gardiner et al. Hackett, T. B., W. E. Wingfield, E. M. Mazzaferro and J. S. Benedetti. A large den complex in Alberta located within Kennedy Coulee was afforded additional protection in 2009 through the application of a protective notation on the site in the Alberta Lands Registry system. August 20, 2003. Fisheries and Wildlife Database. The prairie rattlesnake hunts by striking rapidly at its prey and immobilizing them with the poisonous venom in its fangs. 7 Thrombocytopenia is common in humans, horses, and dogs after crotalid envenomation. 2013) documented. The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act. Although not depicted here, the range of this species extends into southern Mexico. 2002. Prairie Rattlesnake, Western Rattlesnake, Viridis, Nuntius: Hopi Rattlesnake, Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, Viridis: Western Rattlesnake, Prairie Rattlesnake Combined, threats contribute to the loss, degradation, or fragmentation of habitat and can cause direct and indirect mortality, either individually or en masse (e.g., intentional persecution at hibernacula). Canadian Journal of Zoology. The following list describes the 37 native orchid species in Manitoba, including scientific name, common name, Conservation Data Centre rank, blooming time, habitat and additional details for each plant. Also, an overall decline in ‘natural land’ (i.e., land not characterized as spring crop, fall crop, summer fallow or hayland, and assumed to include grassland, woodland pasture and idle habitat remnants: Alberta NAWMP Partnership 2008) has occurred from 1971 – 2001 within the Canadian range of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Figure 8, 9). 40. Increase east and southeast of Medicine Hat, AB, Increase north of Dinosaur Provincial Park, AB, and. 2014. On CFB Suffield, wells are buried below ground in caissons to enable above-ground military training exercises. Barring obvious natural phenomena, such as den collapse (see below), substantial variation in abundance over a short time period at a particular den (including extirpation) is unlikely to be the result of natural population fluctuations and is more likely to be anthropogenic in nature. The second approach produced an estimate of 2,200 (1,550 - 2,850) adults by adding abundance estimates from three separate regions in the province (1,475 + 132 + 593, see below) and using a margin of error of ~ 1,300 adult rattlesnakes (used by Macartney and Weichel 1993): Our final abundance estimate of 2,227 (1,550 – 2,904) adult Prairie Rattlesnakes in Saskatchewan is derived by averaging the minimum (1,550) and maximum (2,904) abundance estimates from both estimation methods described above. 2,000 ( 1,333 – 2,667 ) adult Rattlesnakes in continuous use for many decades ( and. ; Gushulak pers 2/3 mature = 256 x 75 % killed = 192 ) for single. 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