Sssnake Day Sssuccess | Ruthven Park

Close to two hundred visitors showed their love for and curiosity for snakes by coming to our Family Day event.  A hearty group of forty people (young and old) were on hand to assist with building  Ratsnake nesting boxes to start off our day. Ratsnakes are an endangered snake and found in two locations in Ontario:  Kingston where their population is threatened, and around Lake Erie where they are verging on extinction.  Our goal with the event was to raise awareness about Ratsnakes and make connections with neighbours, who might be interested in having a Ratsnake nesting box on their property.

The other component of our Family Day was to have visitors interact with snakes which were provided by Sciensational Sssnakes. These live snakes are used to being around people for presentations. They were rescued due to the loss of habitat or in other cases, they were kept as pets (and should not have been).  For this portion of the day, the coach house was packed – door to door, wall to wall. The snakes on display included: Corn Snakes, a Northern Water Snake, several Grey Ratsnakes, a Gartersnake and Milksnake. For interest, a Painted Turtle and Snapping Turtle were added to the display.  Jenny, the owner of Sciensational Sssnakes!! pointed out that Corn Snakes make ideal pet snake, but added that  “anyone who likes turtles should not have one as a pet.” Children loved the opportunity to touch and hold a snake.   Hopefully, this event allowed visitors to shed some common snake fears.

Sciensational Sssnakes!! Will be returning on March 8th for a presentation for schools. We still have a few spaces left in the 12-2:30 pm time slot. Teachers can register by contacting Natalie by email at education@ruthvenpark.ca or by phone 905-772-0560.

These events have been made possible with support provided by the Ontario Government.