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Discussion: Snake Mortality

in: Hammer; Hammer > 2015-11-14

Nov 17, 2015 4:37 AM # 
I wonder how they figure that out. Poor snakes. We have seen them during many of our Wilderness Traverse course tests - as you will remember!
Nov 17, 2015 10:00 AM # 
They radio track them to their hibernacula in fall (tracking devices are inserted into the snakes at the Toronto Zoo) then they wait to track for them to come out in spring. If they don't they keep waiting for a period of time until they dig the dead ones out. They hibernate above water table and below the frost line. So they have precious little buffer for a cold winter and/or a mid winter thaw. Last year Parry sound already had >1m of snow that then melted and then got very cold. Inter annual variability is not good for these guys. I'm finding this research application quite interesting. Of course doing research in great AR and O terrain and close to some of the best freshwater paddling in the World and the Waddtage is also appealing. :-)
Nov 17, 2015 2:40 PM # 
If you need any help... :)
Nov 17, 2015 4:18 PM # 
Well we do need people to snowshoe out to our sites every two weeks this winter to download data and clear snow off our solar panels.
Nov 17, 2015 5:50 PM # 
Snakes, why did it have to be snakes...
Nov 17, 2015 10:27 PM # 
No cuddly rabbits out there?
Nov 17, 2015 11:29 PM # 
Asps... Very dangerous. You go first.
Nov 18, 2015 2:00 AM # 
This could be training for the Snowshoe Raid!

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