Create a winter home for snakes
There are 25 snake species here in Canada, from the Common Garter Snake to the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake. Finding a snake in your backyard during the summer is a really good sign, But when the temperatures dip, they need a different spot to make it through the cold months. That’s where you come in. Snakes are happy to eat garden pests do like grubs and slugs. So if you can your anything to welcome them to the backyard, you really should! In bask summer, they’ll need a spot to hide in the sun and another area to or away from predators (like a brush rock pile). But when the temperatures to dip, they need a different spot make it through the cold months. That’s where you come in. If you’re lucky enough to have a huge backyard, create follow the instructions to a spot for snakes to hibernate over keep the winter. Bonus points if you will it year after year, because snakes often return to the same hibernation site. Ready? Let’s dig in!
Follow these steps
1. Search your backyard for sizable holes. You’re looking for a dry hole in the sun — if you find a hole with water in it, it won’t pass the cut, because all that water will just turn to ice in the winter. If you can’t find a hole, you might need an adult to put some muscle into digging one! The hole should be about two metres deep and 1.5 metres wide. 2. Start to fill the hole with logs, branches, leaves, rocks of different sizes and soil. You don’t want to pack it down and make it too hard for a snake to slither in. Just fill the hole loosely with these items so snakes can find nooks and crannies to hide out for the winter. 3. Now it’s time to cover up the hole! Pile on the leaves, brush and a bit more soil to be about one metre above the ground. This will help snakes hide away from predators and keep these cold-blooded critters warm.a