99 pp. These include the Bow, Oldman, Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers, and the Milk and Frenchman rivers (Missouri River drainage). My family has encountered several rattlesnakes this summer. 133 pp. 2013). For example, Kissner et al. In Canada, Prairie Rattlesnakes are often associated with river and coulee bottoms, badlands, low shrub/sand dune habitat, sage flats, grassy terraces along river valleys, Cottonwood (Populus spp.) Journal of Herpetology 18(1): 13-19. Within the boundaries of National Parks (i.e., Grasslands National Park, East and West Blocks), collection and harassment of Prairie Rattlesnakes is regulated under the National Parks General Regulations, Canada National Parks Act. The following list describes the 37 native orchid species in Manitoba, including scientific name, common name, Conservation Data Centre rank, blooming time, habitat and additional details for each plant. Jørgensen, D. and J. Nicholson. Natural Regions and Subregions of Alberta. Prepared for Grasslands National Park. Based on mtDNA (Pook et al. The act also protects Prairie Rattlesnake hibernacula and rookeries from year-round disturbance or destruction. Saskatchewan NAWMP Implementation Plan 2001-2026: Five Year Plan April 2007 – April 2012. 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). International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Spatial ecology of Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) associates with Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) colonies in Colorado. 1998. The prairie rattlesnake is the only venomous snakein the Canadian prairies. Email correspondence to J. Choquette. Based on radiotelemetry data, Jorgensen (2009) speculated that a relatively small area surrounding a hibernaculum (1 - 3 km in radius, i.e., 310 – 2,830 ha) might be capable of supporting a population of rattlesnakes consisting primarily of females that undertake relatively short migrations (i.e., “short-distance migrants”, see Dispersal and Migration), assuming a sufficient carrying capacity. Map showing the South Saskatchewan River watershed in southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan. Turmoil and Renewal: The fiscal pulse of the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry. Modeling road mortality of Prairie Rattlesnakes and Bullsnakes in Alberta. (2009) were not included as these were assumed to be unnaturally high levels of mortality. 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). Although a 30 km buffer was used here, a 15 km buffer would be more appropriate for assessing disjunctions within the rest of the Canadian range (see Canadian Range). 52 pp. Gardiner, L. E. and K. W. Sonmor. Climate change may also increase variability in precipitation, such as more frequent and more intense droughts, or extreme wet years and increased frequency of wildfires (Henderson and Sauchyn 2008; Thorpe 2012). Species at Risk Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Policy, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Edson, AB. Clinical findings associated with Prairie Rattlesnake bites in dogs: 100 cases (1989–1998). 2008. Climate Change Impacts on Canada's Prairie Provinces: A Summary of our State of Knowledge. NPS Photo. Assuming two thirds of these are mature individuals (see Biology), this amounts to 2,000 (1,333 – 2,667) adult rattlesnakes. Journal of Environmental Management 91(12): 2763-2770. 226 pp. Behavioral response of the Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum) to habitat fragment size and isolation in an urban landscape. Globally, the Prairie Rattlesnake extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, number of subpopulations, and population size are probably relatively stable or declining at a rate of less than 10% over three generations (NatureServe 2013). For example, a proposal to double the number of shallow gas wells within the Suffield National Wildlife Area was denied in November 2012 by the federal Minister of the Environment (CEAA 2013). In southern Saskatchewan, Gardiner (2012) found the short-distance migrants moved < 2 km from a den site whereas long-distance migrants moved from 2 - 12 km. 2013. 1996; Powell et al. For example, on a return visit to GNP by Macartney and Weichel in 1991 they added six active dens to their 1989 count, for a new total of 11 dens (Macartney and Weichel 1993). Prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) hibernacula [electronic resource] : monitoring history in Alberta 1987-2002 by Kissner, Kelley J; Nicholson, Joel; Alberta. Sauls, A.M. Battazzo, B.L. Each threat is described in more detail in the Threats and Limiting Factors section of the report. Significant oil and gas activity and surface coal mining. The Prairie Rattlesnake is strongly associated with major river valleys in this watershed, including the Bow, Oldman, Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers, as well as with the Milk and Frenchman rivers in the Missouri River drainage (refer to Figure 4). The scope is 70-100%; however, the actual value is probably closer to the lower end of this range due to the presence of snakes which migrate relatively short distances from dens. The postmasters in Cypress Hills, SK and Eastend, SK indicated, in response to Pendlebury’s (1977) questionnaire, that rattlesnakes were absent from the area. In Saskatchewan, for example, small parcels of native prairie are much more common than large parcels, the majority of which are less than 2.5 km2 in size (Saskatchewan Eco-Network 2013a). Pendlebury (1977) presumed that the change from rangeland to irrigated cultivation was contributing to restricting the species to the immediate vicinity of coulees where tillage is not possible. To protect Prairie Rattlesnake habitat from industrial development, the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment recommends a setback distance of 200 m from Prairie Rattlesnake hibernacula year-round for any medium to high level of disturbance (Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment 2013b); however, this is not a legal requirement. This seems likely in situations where the majority (or the entirety) of snakes attempting to cross a road are killed (e.g., migrations across roads with traffic volumes of ~ 2,500 vehicles per day or greater; see above), and has been confirmed in other large-bodied snakes. Approximate range of Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) overlaid in dark line and derived from Pendlebury (1977). [accessed Nov. 2013]. Is there an inferred continuing decline in number of locations? Figure 10. Numerous natural factors limit the ability of the species to overcome anthropogenic threats. Annual Report, 2009. Email correspondence to Adam Martinson. Description Characteristic features include a broad, triangular head with movable fangs, a stout body and a "rattle" made of modified scales, each of which once capped the tip of the tail. 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). 2001. There has been some government intervention, however, to manage the impacts of energy sector growth on Prairie Rattlesnakes. ), Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus), American Badgers, Coyotes (Canis latrans) and Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) (Jørgensen 2009; Gardiner 2012; Didiuk pers. A bite from a prairie rattlesnake is capable of causing tissue destruction, swelling, internal bleeding and intense pain, and there are some coming out around the province and even in our health region. Reduction in the region between the Frenchman River, SK and the Alberta/Saskatchewan border (Macartney and Weichel 1993). : 819-938-4125 Fax: 819-938-3984 E-mail: COSEWIC E-mail Website: COSEWIC. Williams et al. In Canada, hibernacula are typically associated with river valleys, and short-distance migrants tend to remain at low elevations in the river valley (from the river’s edge to the crest of the valley), whereas long-distance migrants tend to spend at least half of their time in upland habitats (Figure 10; Jørgensen 2009). The land area is covered by deciduous forest (3 percent), rangeland (27 percent), and cropland (70 percent). As a result, the overall scope of this threat in Saskatchewan is negligible. Herpetofauna observed during the Royal Saskatchewan Museum bioblitz of southwest Saskatchewan. 1996. Conservation Offsets in Southern Alberta - Advice on Implementation. A relatively greater risk posed by this species appears to be non-fatal bites to pet dogs (Hacket et al. Map showing the estimated range of the Prairie Rattlesnake in Canada in the late 1970s, as well as historical or disputed records outside this range. 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