Faune observable Manitoba

Narcisse Wildlife Management Area


Red-sided Garter Snakes

Red-sided Garter Snakes
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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Services

Availability

Drinking Water
Yes
Restrooms
Yes
Marked Trails
Yes
Boardwalk
No
Viewing Tower
No
Picnic Shelter
Yes
Camping
No
Concession
No
Visitor Centre
No
Interpretive signs/Brochures
Yes
Primitive Site
Yes

Map



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Description

Narcisse is an amazing mass of slithering Red-sided Garter Snakes every spring. It is the largest concentration of snakes in the world! Narcisse has become an international attraction and research site for scientists studying snakes. The 11,880-hectare WMA protects winter dens for the snakes. You can visit Narcisse any time of year, but spring and fall are the best time to see the snakes.

Visit in early May when the snakes emerge from their dens and begin the courting rituals on warm days. By mid-June most of the snakes have dispersed from the dens. At the end of August when the evenings cool, the snakes return to the dens. By September they have congregated again. As the temperatures drop the snakes move down into the dark caverns for winter.

Don’t Miss

There are five dens around the trail, each den has interpretive signs. Some dens will be more active than others.

Habitats

  • Aspen-oak parkland

Site Specialties

  • Red-sided Garter Snakes
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler

Directions

From either Highway 6 or 7, connect with Highway 17. Look for the Narcisse Snake Dens sign on Highway 17, 6km north of the village of Narcisse. Turn east at the sign to the parking lot. Near the parking lot there are interpretive signs, washrooms, picnic area and the start of the 3km trail around the dens.

Cautionary Notes

Garter Snakes are not venomous but they will bite if harassed. It is illegal to harass or remove any snakes. Dogs must be kept on a leash or left in the car.

Admission

No entrance fee

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