Massasauga Rattle Snake
While walking beside the Old Garage Wood Fire Pizza across from Tim Hortons in Walkerton Ontario on July 12th, 2014 at 7 pm. We decided to walk down a well used path that follows the river going west.
We had just passed the Lions Club Bench within a few feet of entering the path. Right on the centre of the path was a 2.5 foot snake. We thought initially it was a gardener snake but certainly didn’t have the right colours. It was a young snake. Shaking it’s tail with no sound coming from it. Being familiar with the Massasauga Rattle Snakes as we used to hike the paths in Georgian Bay and Bruce Peninsula, we were stunned to realize it was a Massasauga Rattle Snake. It didn’t easily scare as we were up on it about 2 feet away looking at it. It made it’s way to the nearby bushes to take cover.
As ‘Walkertonians’ will know, this path is in the centre of town. This is a snake that is not to be messed with. It’s also an endangered species that should be treated with the utmost respect as well. It doesn’t want to be bothered.
This snake’s purpose is to keep rodents and other small creatures from over population.
I’ve done my research and this snake is not supposed to be in our region. According to what I read, Safety Tips for the Eastern Massassauga Rattlesnake, it has only cause 2 fatalities within 40 years in our region. We just need to keep in mind that every creature on this planet has a purpose. We cannot be arrogant in this fact.
For more information on this snake, please visit official Massassauga Rattlesnake Website.
We are not experts in snakes. Since encounter, I am going to be a lot more conscious of the trails in our area. This article is not intended to scare anyone, but merely documenting our experience.