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). National Science Foundation Web Site: http://watergovernance.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/milk.jpg [accessed Nov. 2013]. From the survivorship pattern discussed above, it would be expected that natural patterns of Prairie Rattlesnake rarity or abundance across the Canadian landscape have remained more or less preserved over the last three generations (1974 – 2013). Increase east and southeast of Medicine Hat, AB, Increase north of Dinosaur Provincial Park, AB, and. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). MacKenzie, J. Rose (2001) suggested that agricultural practices may be affecting rodent populations that snakes depend on as prey and for creation of burrows for refuge and hibernation. Alberta Parks: Natural Areas. In October 2013, for example, an Edmonton man was fined under the Alberta Wildlife Act for keeping 24 Prairie Rattlesnakes in his home without a permit (Cormier 2013). Kissner et al. Many of their prey can also be found in dry grasslands and chaparrals. The hemipenes are inserted into the female's cloaca and the sperm are released internally. Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 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). 101 pp. Molecular Ecology 19: 5157–5171. 2009. If the prairie dog population started to increase, how would the ecosystem most likely regain stability? Journal of Mammalogy, 48/1: 88/99. Number of locations was estimated crudely as the total number of locations (227) multiplied by the scope. The Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, provides full administrative and financial support to the COSEWIC Secretariat. Yearly variation in adult population size at any given location is probably minimal under natural conditions, therefore, substantial variation in abundance over a short time period is likely caused by human activity. Shipley, B., D. Chiszar, K. Fitzgerald, A. Saviola. Naugle, C. A. Paszkowski and D. W. Coltman. It arose from the need for a single, official, scientifically sound, national listing of wildlife species at risk. Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. Even venomous snakes have a role to play in Colorado’s ecosystem and are part of our state’s natural heritage. Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation (ATPR). Helminth parasites of the prairie rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis Rafinesque, 1808, in Weld County, Colorado. 1990. Animals with indeterminate growth continue to grow throughout their lives. Hofman, E., pers. Jonathan Choquette graduated with a B.Sc. Since the time of this initial estimate, follow-up work within and outside of Grasslands National Park (East and West blocks) has led to the discovery of additional hibernacula. 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). Russell, A. P. and A. M. Bauer. These activities are associated with the following threat categories: roads and railroads, hunting and collecting, annual and perennial non-timber crops, oil and gas drilling, and housing and urban areas. (1996) estimated abundance of Prairie Rattlesnakes along the Frenchman River (Grasslands National Park) based on intensive population estimates at two of the largest dens as well as less intensive monitoring of 10 additional dens (methods unknown). Frost, D. R., G. A. Hammerson and G. Santos-Barrera. 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. In southeastern Alberta, the number of shallow gas wells drilled annually peaked in 2005 and subsequently decreased considerably (Tertzakian and Baynton 2011). Stewart, L. 2013. In such cases, some restrictions on the use, reproduction or communication of such copyrighted work may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from rights holders prior to use, reproduction or communication of these works. NatureServe Explorer Glossary. 122. Consequently, they help to control these species and reduce the risk of transmittable disease to humans, like the Hantavirus. 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 population would start to increase. 2003. Home range size and length varies widely among Prairie Rattlesnakes in Canada (Table 1). 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. Over the past 40 years declines in abundance of Prairie Rattlesnakes at a few Canadian den sites have been inferred based on anecdotal evidence, or documented through empirical studies. Are the causes of the decline clearly reversible and understood and ceased? comm. There are no relationships between mates and very little competition occurs between male snakes when a female is present. Adapted from Saskatchewan NAWMP Partnership (2008), Image used with permission. Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. Email correspondence to Adam Martinson. Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, Regina, SK. 2012. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Revised Prairie Rattlesnake Habitat Suitability Index Model.  Rattlesnakes lie in wait for their prey, or hunt for it in holes. of Biology, University of Regina, Regina, SK. A Prairie Rattlesnake location is defined as a hibernaculum/den (or a hibernaculum complex, see Habitat Requirements) because this species is heavily dependent on these structures, and their destruction (whether natural or anthropogenic) can be detrimental to all individuals using them (see Threats and Limiting Factors). The snake is tan in colour with darker bands or blotches along its back and dark tail rings. 2013). Saskatchewan Activity Restriction Guidelines for Sensitive Species. 2015. [accessed Dec. 2013]. Canadian Field-Naturalist 126(3): 194-203. 2011). Table 5. The BAO is “…essentially the total area of habitat occupied by all existing populations”, while the IAO is the “…surface area of [2 km x 2 km] grid cells that intersect the [BAO]…” (COSEWIC 2011b). Table 6. Reproductive biology of female Prairie Rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis viridis) in Alberta. Approximate range of Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) overlaid in dark line and derived from Pendlebury (1977). Species of helminths include: Rhabdias, Kalicephalus inermis coronelías, Physaloptera (3rd-stage larvae), and Oochoristica osheroffi. COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Prairie Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis in Canada. 62 pp. 15 pp. Given their dispersal characteristics, many snakes will cross anthropogenic landscapes and be subject to some form of persecution. If the prairie dog population started to increase, how would the ecosystem most likely regain stability? Suitable retreat sites such as animal burrows and shrubs are necessary microhabitat components. 132 pp. Assuming that the sample of hibernacula studied since the 1990s is representative of all Canadian locations, that current threats continue unabated, and that rates of decline are high (e.g., Proctor et al. 2013. 2008) and high rates of mortality can result in extirpations of subpopulations already reduced in size and isolated due to habitat loss (Mitrovich et al. Biological Conservation 130: 206-216. 1997. Spatial ecology of prairie rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis) associated with black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) colonies in Colorado. 2013; Environment Canada 2013a), Grasslands National Park (East and West blocks), SK, (AESRD and ACA 2012; Parks Canada Agency 2013; Poulin pers. Kissner, K. J., D. M. Secoy and M. R. Forbes. [accessed Nov. 2013]. ), (Note: Formerly described as “Not In Any Category”, or “No Designation Required.”), (Note: Formerly described as “Indeterminate” from 1994 to 1999 or “ISIBD” [insufficient scientific information on which to base a designation] prior to 1994. Rattlesnakes’ defensive behaviour makes them less likely to flee when a vehicle is approaching (Andrews et al. 2013). Copeia 2005(4): 772-782. Biochemistry, 16/11: 2546–2553. Prairie Grasslands in Peril? On top of rattling and being venomous, their cryptic coloration allows for prairie rattlesnakes to blend with the surroundings by using dark brown blotches with tan and yellowish shades on the dorsum. In the province of Alberta, the adult population of Prairie Rattlesnakes was recently estimated by AESRD and ACA (2012) at 12,672 (12,078 – 15,972)adults by multiplying the estimated number of known hibernacula (192 [183 - 242]) by the average number of adults per den (66). 2012. Table 4. Fangs. A terrestrial biome found in temperate latitudes (>23.5° N or S latitude). Watmough, M. D. and M. J. Schmoll. Snake Conservation Research and Management 2002. In Alberta, land acquisitions have occurred within the Grasslands Natural Region by groups such as Alberta Conservation Association, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Fish and Game, and Pheasants Forever. Reimer, J., M. Petras. 40 pp. Ernst and Quinlan (2006) suggest the Lethbridge population is in decline based on an estimated 10 rattlesnakes intentionally killed per year from 1997-2000. Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands. 2009a. South Saskatchewan River. Predators of these rattlesnakes include red-shouldered hawks (Buteo lineatus), and greater roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus). Prairie rattlesnake meat is expensive in the U.S. and can be used for trade. In terms of discreteness, there is no evidence of genetic distinctiveness between localities (see Population Spatial Structure and Variability), and all occurrences of snakes in Canada are within a single reptile and amphibian faunal province and a single national ecological area (see Canadian Range; COSEWIC 2011a). Community pastures still divisive, APAS calls for delay in transfer. Snake tongue-flicking: transfer mechanics to Jacobson's organ. Data were consulted from the following institutions and organizations: the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Management Information Service (FWMIS; up to and inclusive of 2012), the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (up to and inclusive of 2011), the Royal Alberta Museum, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and the University of Alberta Museum. 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. Rats, cities, people, and pathogens: A systematic review and narrative synthesis of literature regarding the ecology of rat-associated zoonoses in urban centers. Campbell (2011) interviewed rural residents in southern Alberta regarding their likelihood to kill a rattlesnake. 84 pp. 14 pp. Macartney, M., P. Gregory. Awareness of the protection afforded by legislation should act as sufficient deterrent to vandalism or trophy hunting by most persons. 2002; Juckett and Hancox 2002). Nasen, L. C., B. F. Noble and J. F. Johnstone. Didiuk (2003 as cited by AESRD and ACA 2012) witnessed declines in abundance at all six dens monitored within SNWA between 1995 and 2001, including a decline in large sexually mature snakes (however, the author acknowledged the possibility that repeat disturbance at dens by investigators may have prompted movement of snakes to nearby hibernacula [Didiuk pers. Greater roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) are also common predators. Historical biogeography of the Western Rattlesnake (Serpentes: Viperidae: Crotalus viridis) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence information. Accessed January 22, 2021 at https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Crotalus_viridis/. Jørgensen, D., C. Gates and D. Whiteside. 73 pp. The prairie rattlesnake diet consists of rodents such as voles (Microtus species), deer mice (Peromyscus species), smooth-toothed pocket gophers (Thomomys species), chipmunks (Tamias species), woodrats (Neotoma species), and red squirrels (Tamiasciurus species). The extensive range gap between snakes along the South Saskatchewan River and the Frenchman River is based on the following: The expansion of the known range of the Prairie Rattlesnake in Canada is most likely attributed to an increase in interest and survey effort in the last decade. 1996; Poulin and Didiuk 2008; Gushulak pers. Assuming two thirds of these are mature individuals (see BIOLOGY), this amounts to 593 (no confidence interval reported) adults. Journal of Wildlife Management 77(5): 975-982. Prairie Rattlesnakes require hibernacula, foraging habitat, gestation sites, and movement corridors between these habitats. ("COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Prairie Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis in Canada", 2015; Aldridge and Sever, 2011; Linzey, 2012; Stebbins, 2003), Once female prairie rattlesnakes lay the eggs, they guard the eggs by coiling up around them. comm. NatureServe. In situations where a large proportion of snakes dispersing from a den are regularly killed crossing roads, population abundance is likely to decline. Yearly variation in adult population size at any given location is probably quite minimal under natural conditions. 2013a. 2009. Wright, C. K. and M. C. Wimberly. American Family Physician 65(7): 1367 – 1374. Is there an inferred continuing decline in number of locations? 2013. Source: Nature Serve (2013). Grismer, L. 2002. COSEWIC would like to acknowledge Jonathan Choquette and Adam Martinson for writing the status report on the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) in Canada. Illegal collection of Prairie Rattlesnakes for the pet trade is known to occur in Alberta. This is also a conservative estimate considering the likelihood that additional undiscovered dens remain in the province (see Canadian Range; AESRD and ACA 2012). 2013), and the ability of the species to be kept inconspicuously in captivity, it seems that additional incidences of illegal collecting of Prairie Rattlesnakes in Canada are likely. The species has not previously been assessed by COSEWIC and is not protected under the federal Species at Risk Act. The Prairie Rattlesnake is strongly associated with major river valleys in this watershed, as well as with rivers in the South Saskatchewan River drainage, including the Bow, Oldman, Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers (refer to Figure 3). Charland, B., P. Gregory. Unpublished data. Frenchman River (GNP West Block): 2,500 individuals (Kissner et al. 2011). King’s Highways/Secondary Highways/Tertiary Roads. Environment Canada. at http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T64339A12771847.en. Although Prairie Rattlesnakes still occupy this den (Poulin pers. An example of Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) habitat in Southern Saskatchewan. Figure 8. 2012. Venomous snakebites in the United States: Management review and update. Web Site: www.iucnredlist.org [accessed Oct. 2013]. 2013. 22. The body ranges from greenish gray to greenish brown in colour, with dark blotches on the back and a cream-coloured underbelly. Indicator Species: The fact that massasaugas are in serious decline is a warning bell telling us that something is wrong. A rattle is added to the string each time the rattlesnak… For example, a tilled field may potentially limit the ability of an individual to access escape cover to avoid predation (Jørgensen 2009). (1) The rattlesnake population would start to decrease. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 20/2: 439-487. Restoration of foothills rough fescue grassland following pipeline disturbance in southwestern Alberta. Some local populations of Prairie Rattlesnakes have declined or disappeared in the USA as a result of historical killing of snakes at dens (NatureServe 2013). 1999) and the likelihood of associated population declines. Search in feature Extremely high fidelity to migration routes and hibernacula suggest that a very low proportion of a population is available in any given year to colonize new hibernacula and thus contribute to the establishment of new colonies. For example, in a population genetics study of the Eastern Foxsnake (Pantherophis gloydii)in Southwestern Ontario, Row et al. comm. Prairie Rattlesnake are generally classified into three age classes based on SVL, colour and number of rattles: neonate, juvenile and adult, but aging protocols vary among investigators (see Andrus 2010 for aging protocols used in Canada). Table 7. Aldridge, R. 1979. 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. and across multiple seasons (or other periods hospitable to reproduction). ~90km). Therefore, the snakes along the Frenchman River are not considered ‘discrete’ from the rest of the Canadian population. Alberta Parks: Ecological Reserves. 2008; Powell et al. Ministry of Environment, Fish and Wildlife Branch, Regina, SK. There does not appear to be a continuing decline (over the last three generations) in the EOO of the Prairie Rattlesnake in Canada (see Canadian Range). Prairie rattlesnakes also have solenoglyphous teeth to transmit their venom. The chaparrals have various amounts of shrubs and vegetation that can be used to help prairie rattlesnakes be camouflaged for hunting. Image use pending permission. 616 pp. Aldridge, H.S. 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. Canadian Journal of Zoology. Greater roadrunners kill them by pecking them repeatedly in the head. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. 2012. For example, in the study by Row et al. 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). Golan, L., C. Radcliffe, T. Miller, B. O'Connell, D. Chiszar. 20 pp. In contrast, Weyer et al. Targeted search effort in Alberta has been concentrated within easy-to-access areas (e.g., along roads), along the Milk River system (MULTISAR program: AESRD and ACA 2012), along the Red Deer River system (from Brooks, AB to Saskatchewan border: Rose 2001), along the Oldman River in Lethbridge (Andrus 2010), and along the South Saskatchewan River in the Medicine Hat area (AESRD and ACA 2012). Long distance migrations witnessed in this species suggest that snakes from distinct dens separated by less than 30 km from each other have the potential to interact and breed (see Canadian Range). x + 69 pp. Usually defensive rather than aggressive. A. Martino, D. L. Parker and C. M. Somers. Widmer, E. 1967. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). 2013. Is there an [observed, inferred, or projected] continuing decline in extent of occurrence? Web Site: http://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Maps/Pages/Free-maps-for-download.aspx#LandUseMaps [accessed February 2013]. Web Site: http://econet.ca/issues/gsh/Env_Values.html [accessed May 2013]. Although 192 hibernacula have been identified in Alberta, fewer than 40 rookeries have been identified (AESRD and ACA 2012). These snakes are nocturnal when daytime ambient temperatures are extremely hot. The majority of native grassland (i.e., prairie) loss in Canada occurred prior to the 1930s as a result of conversion to cropland (Gauthier et al. Demographic effects of road mortality in black ratsnakes (Elaphe obsolete). The authors thank the COSEWIC Secretariat for assisting with distribution calculations and administration duties. Temperate grasslands are considered among the most threatened biomes on Earth (WCPA 2010), and once converted to another land use (e.g., cultivation), they are very difficult to restore (Alberta NAWMP Partnership 2008). The rather unremarkable surface appearance of hibernacula and the lack of snakes at hibernacula entrances for all but a limited period during the spring and fall makes accidental discovery unlikely, The fear of being bitten by a rattlesnake lessens the average persons’ willingness to venture near hibernacula, and. A lack of movement between subpopulations over multiple generations will likely contribute to strong demographic or genetic isolation, and has been documented in other rattlesnakes (e.g., Massasauga: Chiucchi and Gibbs 2010). Unpublished draft report. November 2013. Canadian Wildlife Service, Saskatoon, SK. 2011. Populations along the Milk River in Alberta and along the Frenchman River in Saskatchewan may be demographically and genetically connected with populations south of the international boundary line. Linzey, D. 2012. Prairie rattlesnakes release a polypeptide myotoxin and if bitten, hemorrhaging and necrotic damage to muscle tissues, myonecrosis, occurs. comm. 23 pp. Saviola, A., D. Pla, T. Castoe, J. Calvete, S. Mackessy. Martinson, A. Prepared for the City of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB. Of all threats, those posed by roads are projected to have the greatest impact on the persistence of Prairie Rattlesnakes in Canada over the next 10 years. Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Milk River, AB. 2013). [accessed Nov. 2013]. Estimated range of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) in Canada in the late 1970s. Diller, L. 1990. Copeia, 1990/2: 528-542. The amphibians and reptiles of Alberta. Vegetation is dominated by stands of dense, spiny shrubs with tough (hard or waxy) evergreen leaves. Rattlesnakes move slowly when crossing roads (Martinson 2009b), Rattlesnakes may thermoregulate on road surfaces (Martinson 2009b; Gardiner et al. May 2013. 1998; Andrus 2010), Canada: (Macartney and Weichel 1993; Kissner et al. 1993. The Prairie Rattlesnake is one of three extant rattlesnake species in Canada and has been the subject of numerous scientific investigations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Natural Regions and Subregions of Alberta. 2013. Dickinson, C. E., J. L. Traub-Dargatz, D. A. Dargatz, D. G. Bennett and A. P. Knight. Assessing population size and den use of Prairie Rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis viridis) in southern Saskatchewan. Shepley, B. K., D. Chiszar, K. T. Fitzgerald and A. J. Saviola. No effort was made to count specific locations to determine the number of locations impacted by each threat. 2009. A single designatable unit is proposed for the Prairie Rattlesnake in Canada as this species does not meet the COSEWIC (2011a) criteria based on ‘subspecies or varieties’ (see Name and Classification) or ‘discrete and evolutionarily significant populations’. (See Canadian Range). Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 13/6: 349-359. In a certain ecosystem, rattlesnakes are predators of prairie dogs. Macartney and Weichel (1989, as cited by Macartney and Weichel 1993) estimated abundance of Prairie Rattlesnakes in Saskatchewan based on combined abundance estimates (methods unknown) from 17 dens along the South Saskatchewan River (n = 12, near Leader) and the Frenchman River (n = 5, Grasslands National Park) and accounted for the likelihood of additional undetected hibernacula elsewhere in the province. Unfortunately, this location has not been studied since 2006 and no information exists on whether or not the population trend observed at the site has continued (Hofman pers. Canadian Field-Naturalist 1(91): 122-129. Potential prey also leave specific hormones and chemicals behind that can be easily detected as a scent to prairie rattlesnakes. Rouse, J. D., R. J. Willson, R. Black and R. J. Brooks. A survivorship pattern where neonates and juveniles have a relatively high mortality rate, but wherein annual survivorship increases with age and body mass (see Life Cycle and Reproduction), results in a “population with a relatively stable core of adult rattlesnakes into which recruitment is gradual and probably quite variable from year to year” (Macartney and Weichel 1993). In a study by Gardiner (2012), Prairie Rattlesnakes were most frequently found within 0 - 1m of a burrow. A comparison of recent and historical range maps (e.g., Figure 5; Figure 6; AESRD and ACA 2012), however, suggests that slight alterations in the known area occupied by this species may have occurred in some regions. 2013. Scientific American, 246/3: 116-127. Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. 230 pp. These requirements may sometimes be relaxed on public land when additional mitigation measures are used, and the requirement to meet these setbacks on private land is not legislated. WESTFIELD, Iowa — While some treat snakes with revulsion, the Nature Conservancy has nothing but respect for the prairie rattlesnakes that slither through the tall grasses just south of town. 40. 2014. 1998. 2013; Martinson unpub. [accessed Oct. 2013]. 2001. comm. A., R. G. Poulin, D. L. Parker and C. M. Somers. Scope was based on review by a panel of experts. Ernst, R. D. and R. W. Quinlan. Zoologist, Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Regina, SK. 1998). Kapfer, J., C. Pekar, D. Reineke, J. Coggins and R. Hay. 2013). Savannas are grasslands with scattered individual trees that do not form a closed canopy. Fast, A. Regardless, several studies have found migrating snakes are more susceptible to mortality than non-migrating snakes (see Bonnet et al. The Prairie Rattlesnake is a venomous snake that can inflict a painful and potentially deadly bite upon people, pets and livestock (Dickinson et al. Email correspondence to A. Martinson. Habitat selection by grassland snakes at northern range limits: implications for conservation. 2007. In the midwestern U.S., where there are residential and commercial expansions, populations have been extinguished when dens and habitats are eradicated. 1982. It is still too soon to determine if extirpated dens will become recolonized naturally after many years of absence (e.g., Kissner and Nicholson 2003). The driving ecological process of alter- nating flooding and drying from seasonal and inter- annual inputs of slightly saline Rattlesnake Creek and hypersaline groundwater seepage created and main- tained the important salt marsh ecosystem. 2015. 1996). Population structure of the Prairie Rattlesnake in Canada remains largely unknown (Jørgensen pers. 2013b. 135 pp. 264 pp. Fisheries and Wildlife Database. Juckett, G. and J. G. Hancox. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD). PUBLIC LANDS ACT. 2012). There are no known conservation measures in place. Suitable retreat sites such as animal burrows and shrubs are necessary microhabitat components. Chemical Senses, 37/9: 883-896. Conservation Officer, Intelligence and Investigations Section, Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough, ON. Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000 Chapter P-40. 2014). 2013) (also referred to as ‘riparian’ and ‘upland’ migrants: Jørgensen 2009). 2013) have been proposed as possible threats. A conservation blueprint for Canada's prairies and parklands. For example, 90% of the land base of the prairie ecozones in both Saskatchewan (Thorpe pers. Climate change models predict that ideal climate and vegetation types (grasslands) for Prairie Rattlesnake will expand northward by the end of this century (Henderson and Sauchyn 2008). Because dry prairies are not useful for agricultural or business development, they retain much of their natural landscape. Adapted from Alberta NAWMP Partnership (2008). The dashed line is the distribution in the late 1960s according to Stebbins (1966 as cited by Pendlebury 1977). comm. October 2013. comm. Graves, B. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control. 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). COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Prairie Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis in Canada. Prairie Rattlesnakes prey on a variety of animals, including mice, ground squirrels, and rabbits. 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