A Visit to a Manitoba Snake Den

In a feature in the travel section of today’s Globe and Mail, Alan Sirulnikoff writes about his experience visiting a snake den near Inwood, Manitoba during the (famous) spring emergence of Red-sided Garter Snakes. (Note that he was not at the well-documented Narcisse Snake Dens, but at another, nearby site.) Refreshingly unsquicky in attitude: “I kneel on the dusty ground trying to compose a photo amid the squirming life. Soon, I feel the smooth, silky undersides of several snakes as they glide across my bare legs. Yes, I could freak out, but it’s all so non-threatening as these serpents treat me as just another part of the landscape. Besides, it feels good.” There are also photos.