This Is Awesome… A HUGE Prairie Rattlesnake Captured In Lethbridge Canada
Canada would be the last place on the North American continent that someone would think of as “rattlesnake central” for the Prairie rattlesnake, but here’s something I’ll bet not too many people in the “lower 48” didn’t know about. The Crotalus viridis is a venomous pit viper species native to the western United States, southwestern Canada, and northern Mexico. Currently, two subspecies are recognized, including the nominate subspecies.
The man in the video below had three back-to-back snake calls in one evening, one of which involved easily the second-largest prairie rattlesnake he ever encountered… so big that he wasn’t sure about risking any of the smaller snake’s lives by placing them in the same bucket together. So he called in the assistance of Sheri Merchant from Lethbridge Bi-Law Enforcement, who he always enjoy working with
The City of Lethbridge operates a rattlesnake mitigation program that is in place to reduce the number of people/pet and snake encounters in Lethbridge. Each year between April and October, when rattlesnakes are out of hibernation, we contract Ryan Heavyhead, our rattlesnake consultant, to relocate rattlesnakes on public or private property where there is a concern for public safety.
The snakes are relocated from an area of conflict, back to their permanent natural habitat (their den site/wintering/birthing grounds) and away from people/pet conflict. This process is strictly regulated by Fish & Wildlife and the City of Lethbridge has a research permit to conduct these activities.
The Province of Alberta Wildlife Act prohibits anyone from owning/harassing wildlife, including rattlesnakes and bull snakes, so the City of Lethbridge provides this mitigation program to encourage residents to phone for help instead of trying to move rattlesnakes themselves.