Parks / Ontario
Bay Islands National Park
This timid and generally misunderstood
creature has become another species seriously
endangered by human habitation. The 50 -70
cm. adult can be recognized by its blunt tail
ending in a rattle, triangular head and brown
markings on its heavy tan body. Encountered
on the trail, it exhibits an aversion for humans
and often does not respond with its characteristic
warning before disappearing into marsh or forest.
Their venom is, however, poisonous and park
staff regularly re-locate snakes to areas unpopulated
by uneasy vacationers.