Snakes have played the part of the bad guys in so many fairy tales, but they’re actually pretty useful around the garden! Slugs, snails, grubs and rats are no match for a hungry snake, and attracting these reptiles to your backyard could be the best thing for keeping pests at bay. Plus, you’d be doing a big favour to Canada’s at-risk animal species. Of the 24 snake species that call Canada home, 13 of them are at risk of extinction. Pretty scary stuff, eh?
The Creepiest of the Bunch?
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake This reptile plays dead by rolling over, sticking out its tongue and even letting a little blood trickle out of its mouth. If it’s scared, the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake will also release a liquid from its bottom that smells like a dead animal. Eww!