[accessed Jan. 2015]. Russell, A. P. and A. M. Bauer. 2008) and high rates of mortality can result in extirpations of subpopulations already reduced in size and isolated due to habitat loss (Mitrovich et al. Would immigrants be adapted to survive in Canada? Map showing the South Saskatchewan River watershed in southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan. Species at Risk Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Policy, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Edson, AB. Ernst and Quinlan (2006) suggest the Lethbridge population is in decline based on an estimated 10 rattlesnakes intentionally killed per year from 1997-2000. 2013). A Prairie Rattlesnake's striking distance is about half its body length. In Saskatchewan, for example, the cancellation of the federal public pastures program will result in the transfer of over 6,000 km2 of rangeland to patron groups. In 2007, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List assessed the Prairie Rattlesnake as ‘Least Concern’ (Frost et al. The conversion of native prairie to intensive agriculture is predicted to continue, albeit at a slower rate, into the future (see Habitat Trends). Conservation status ranks of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) across its North American range (NatureServe 2013). Prairie Highway. 2010), possibly resulting in higher mortality risk. Canada: (Jørgensen 2009; Andrus 2010). University of Calgary Press, Calgary, AB. Miller, V., pers. Furthermore, the relatively long distances travelled annually by individual Prairie Rattlesnakes (see Dispersal and Migration) increases mortality risk (Bonnet et al. comm. 2007. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Effects of Climate Change on Grasslands (PDF; 720 KB). 2013b. Prairie rattlesnakes could be lurking in Grasslands National Park. Not all vagrant or small disjunct occurrences are depicted. Living in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, it warns off perceived predators by vibrating its rattle. The body ranges from greenish gray to greenish brown in colour, with dark blotches on the back and a cream-coloured underbelly. The Prairie Rattlesnake is a speciesof venomous pit vipers that are found in parts of Canada, Mexico and USA. The Prairie Rattlesnake is considered “Secure” globally and in the U.S. comm. Species at Risk Public Registry. In Alberta, hibernacula and rookeries on public lands are protected through the Public Lands Act and specific guidelines are set regarding the proximity of development activities in relation to these features (Government of Alberta 2011; Government of Alberta 2013c). Although Prairie Rattlesnakes were previously documented in this area (Pendlebury 1977; Gannon 1980, as cited by Macartney and Weichel 1993), recent authors did not include the East Block as part of the species’ current range (e.g.. Pendlebury (1977) sent a questionnaire to postmasters in a number of towns between the South Saskatchewan River and the Cypress Hills (n=~14) and all respondents indicated an absence of rattlesnakes from the area (Figure 5). Natural Regions and Subregions of Alberta. 104 pp. Gestation sites may be used by one or more gravid females (e.g., 8-10: Poulin and Didiuk 2008) and are typically occupied by rattlesnakes in successive years (Gannon and Secoy 1984; Jørgensen and Nicholson 2007; Martinson 2009a; Andrus 2010; AESRD and ACA 2012). Rose (2001) suggested that agricultural practices may be affecting rodent populations that snakes depend on as prey and for creation of burrows for refuge and hibernation. This leads to a fairly heavy body that can grow to five feet in length. Harvey, D. S. and P. J. Weatherhead. Though considered venomous, it is only potent enough to kill small prey. Proctor et al. 2013. 56 pp. Prairie Rattlesnakes were significantly more likely to be killed on roads relative to three other snake species (Bullsnake, Wandering Gartersnake and Plains Gartersnake), near Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta (Martinson 2009b). The authors attributed the increase in the number of known locations to greater survey effort and more reporting of observations to the provincial database. No. At the northern extent of its range, biological attributes such as delayed age of maturity, slow growth, biennial or triennial reproduction, small litter size, and high juvenile mortality result in populations that are slow to recover from declines (see Biology and Fluctuations and Trends). The prairie rattlesnake is not aggressive and will usually flee if given the chance. comm. Robert AndersonResearch ScientistCanadian Museum of NatureOttawa, ON, Wonnita Andrus Nature Conservancy of Canada Lethbridge, AB, Lonnie Bilyk Fisheries and Wildlife Management Information System Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Edmonton, AB, Aubrey Cartier Zoologist Saskatchewan Conservation Data Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Regina, SK, Krista Connick Water Security Agency Moose Jaw, SK, Gordon Court Provincial Wildlife Status Biologist Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Edmonton, AB, Andrew Didiuk Wildlife Biologist Canadian Wildlife Service Saskatoon, SK, Brandy Downey Senior Species at Risk Biologist Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Lethbridge, AB, Dave Duncan Canadian Wildlife Service Environment Canada Edmonton, AB, Pat Fargey Grasslands National Park of Canada Parks Canada Agency Val Marie, SK, Alain Filion Chargé de projets scientifiques et SIG Secrétariat du COSEPAC Environnement Canada Gatineau, QC, Laura Gardiner Lead Biologist Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre Osoyoos, BC, Patrick Gregory Professor University of Victoria Victoria, BC, Dale Gross Nature Conservancy of Canada Regina, SK, Neil Gushulak Field Herpetologist Brandon, MB, Edward Hofman Area Wildlife Biologist (Retired) Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Drumheller, AB, Dennis Jørgensen Program Officer World Wildlife Fund Bozeman, MT, Jeff Keith Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Regina, SK, Kris Kendall Senior Biologist Alberta Conservation Association Sherwood Park, AB, Kelley Kissner Professional Biologist Calgary, AB, Karl Larsen Professor, Wildlife Ecology & Management Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, BC, Carmen Leibel Nature Conservancy of Canada Regina, SK, Dennis Morgan Park Warden – Grasslands National Park Parks Canada Agency Val Marie, SK, Patrick Nantel Conservation Biologist Parks Canada Agency Gatineau, QC, Dean Nernberg Species at Risk Officer Department of National Defence Ottawa, ON, Joel Nicholson Species at Risk Biologist Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Medicine Hat, AB, Sue Peters Biologist Alberta Conservation Association Sherwood Park, AB, Gigi Pittoello Habitat Ecologist Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Regina, SK, Ray Poulin Research Scientist – Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Royal Saskatchewan Museum Regina, SK, Melissa Renalli Species at Risk Manager Nature Saskatchewan Regina, SK, Ben Sawa Habitat Ecologist Saskatchewan Conservation Data Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Regina, SK, Sonia Schnobb Administrative Assistant COSEWIC Secretariat Environment Canada Gatineau, QC, Tamaini Snaith Special Advisor Parks Canada Agency Gatineau, QC, Michèle Steigerwald Assistant Collections Manager Amphibian & Reptile Collection Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, ON, Allison Siemens Worsley Species at Risk Zoologist Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Regina, SK, Jeffrey ThorpeSaskatchewan Research Council Regina, SK, Drajs Vujnovic Alberta Conservation Information Management Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation Edmonton, AB. In Alberta, a draft version of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan under the Land-use Framework was released for public consultation purposes in October 2013 (Government of Alberta 2013d). Climate change may also increase variability in precipitation, such as more frequent and more intense droughts, or extreme wet years and increased frequency of wildfires (Henderson and Sauchyn 2008; Thorpe 2012). Lombard North Group Limited and Reid Crother & Partners Limited (LNG and RCP). The Prairie Rattlesnake is experiencing a continuing decline in abundance across its Canadian range. Major pipeline projects that are proposed through Prairie Rattlesnake range include TransCanada’s Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines. Prairie Rattlesnake distribution is continuous from Canada south into Montana (see Global Range) along the Missouri River Drainage, and specifically, its tributaries: the Milk River (Southern Alberta) and the Frenchman River (Southern Saskatchewan). Climate change models predict that ideal climate and vegetation types (grasslands) for Prairie Rattlesnake will expand northward by the end of this century (Henderson and Sauchyn 2008). The prairie rattlesnake is the only venomous snake in the Canadian prairies. There is an ongoing continuing decline of 3 - 18% in the amount of Prairie Rattlesnake habitat in Canada over the 40 year period from 1985 – 2024 (i.e., three generations), due to tillage alone. 8 pp. Table 3. Queen's Printer of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK. Prairie Rattlesnakes den communally in Canada, often in large numbers, (see AESRD and ACA 2012 for a review) and show high site fidelity to hibernacula (Jørgensen 2009; Andrus pers. Urban Herpetology. Species at Risk Officer, Department of Defence, Ottawa, ON. The map also shows  the distribution in the late 1960s according to Stebbins (1966 as cited by Pendlebury 1977). 101 pp. Canadian Journal of Zoology 67(1): 1620 – 1625. comm. Thorpe, J., pers. Canadian Wildlife Service, Protected Areas and Stewardship Unit. 2012. Certain biological attributes limit the ability of the species to recover from human-induced declines. A single designatable unit is proposed for the Prairie Rattlesnake in Canada as this species does not meet the COSEWIC (2011a) criteria based on ‘subspecies or varieties’ (see Name and Classification) or ‘discrete and evolutionarily significant populations’. There is a heat sensitive pit between the eye and the nostril on each side of the head. Author's calculation based on data provided in original source(s). 27 pp. Today, the Tall-grass Prairie region of Manitoba is almost completely cultivated. Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Prairie rattlesnake. Yearly variation in adult population size at any given location is probably minimal under natural conditions, therefore, substantial variation in abundance over a short time period is likely caused by human activity. The Prairie Rattlesnake was ranked as a “Blue-listed” species in Alberta in 1991 and again in 1996, indicating that the species may be at risk as a result of its potential vulnerability to habitat loss, population decline, or reductions in provincial distribution (Alberta Environmental Protection 1996 as cited by AESRD and ACA 2012). 2009. Smaller blotches run along the sides. 2013). In 1999, Conservancy staff found the prairie rattlesnake at the Broken Kettle Preserve—Iowa’s largest remaining grassland prairie. Turmoil and Renewal: The fiscal pulse of the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry. Shepley, B. K., D. Chiszar, K. T. Fitzgerald and A. J. Saviola. Dens were not found between Val Marie, the Frenchman River, the Alberta border and the Montana border, despite investigations into unconfirmed rattlesnake sightings using telephone and face-to-face interviews with residents (Macartney and Weichel 1993). Rattlesnakes move slowly when crossing roads (Martinson 2009b), Rattlesnakes may thermoregulate on road surfaces (Martinson 2009b; Gardiner et al. The lack of knowledge about the location of rookery sites poses a further challenge for protecting important habitat features. Wilkinson, L., pers. Archived - EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development Project in the Suffield National Wildlife Area. United Nations Environment Program. 2003; Riley, Green et al. In Alberta, 192 (183 - 242) locations have been recently estimated (AESRD and ACA 2012). A Timber Rattlesnake Recovery Plan (1.7 mb) was finalized in April, 2009. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jørgensen (2009) found the majority of long-distance migrant females at his site near Medicine Hat traversed or occupied cultivated fields. The species is not listed on the United States Endangered Species Act and is not currently a candidate for listing (USFWS 2013). 2014, Martinson unpub. In addition to contributing to direct mortality and population declines, roads may also act as complete dispersal barriers for Prairie Rattlesnakes. The second approach produced an estimate of 2,200 (1,550 - 2,850) adults by adding abundance estimates from three separate regions in the province (1,475 + 132 + 593, see below) and using a margin of error of ~ 1,300 adult rattlesnakes (used by Macartney and Weichel 1993): Our final abundance estimate of 2,227 (1,550 – 2,904) adult Prairie Rattlesnakes in Saskatchewan is derived by averaging the minimum (1,550) and maximum (2,904) abundance estimates from both estimation methods described above. A similar phenomenon has been described for Massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) in Ontario, where an entire ‘migration cohort’ was eliminated following the construction and use of a new road, and only snakes that naturally dispersed away from the road survived (Rouse et al. Tall-grass prairie in Manitoba is only a fraction (less than 1%) of its former 6,000 square kilometres. Fitch, H. S. 1998. Image used with permission. For example, from 1987 - 2007, petroleum and natural gas production doubled in Saskatchewan, and the increase has been most significant in the southwest grassland region (CAPP 2007, as cited by Nasen et al. Are there extreme fluctuations in number of locations? comm. Threats which are deemed not applicable or negligible are intentionally omitted. Here we report only on trends in native grasslands and ‘natural areas’ (which includes pastures, see below) because anthropogenic threats are relatively lower within these habitat types than within cultivated grasslands, for example (see Threats and Limiting Factors). The authors speculate underpasses for large creeks and agricultural drains served as conduits for snake movement. Figure 10. Molecular Ecology 2010(19): 5345 – 5358. comm. Molecular systematics of the Western Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis (Viperidae), with comments on the utility of the D-loop in phylogenetic studies of snakes. 2012. It is tan in colour with darker bands or blotches along its back and dark tail rings which are usually olive to brown. 2007. Figure 4. Note the Frenchman River (aka Frenchman Creek) in southern Saskatchewan and the Milk River in Southern Alberta. Journal of Herpetology 18(1): 13-19. Source: Nature Serve (2013). The global long term trend of this species is projected to be ‘relatively stable’ to ‘a 50% decline’, and some local populations in the U.S. have declined or disappeared (NatureServe 2013). M.Sc. This map was produced in 2009 with occurrence data from an unknown timespan. 79 pp. These threats contribute to the loss, degradation, or fragmentation of habitat and/or cause direct and indirect mortality. Abundance of all snakes over 1 year of age at the largest known den in Alberta (Bindloss Den) is estimated to have declined by 50% over a three year period from 2003 - 2006 (Proctor et al. In the last 40 years (1974 – 2013) declines in abundance of Prairie Rattlesnakes have been inferred anecdotally at a few Canadian locations, related to persecution, industrial development, road mortality and/or natural factors: Probably the most convincing evidence of a local population decline is provided by Proctor et al. 2011. The act provides protection for some habitat as it regulates government sale of designated Crown land as well as any clearing, breaking or drainage by lessees (Saskatchewan Eco-Network 2013b). Rattlers and People: Conserving Rattlesnakes in Lethbridge. Alberta Species at Risk Report No. Federally owned lands within the range of the Prairie Rattlesnake total approximately 4,050 km2 (Table 7). Seven species of snake can be found in the province, but perhaps the most quintessential are Prairie Rattlesnakes. Although a 30 km buffer was used here, a 15 km buffer would be more appropriate for assessing disjunctions within the rest of the Canadian range (see Canadian Range). The Committee meets to consider status reports on candidate species. The discovery of previously undocumented Prairie Rattlesnake locations in Canada is occurring at an impressive rate. Fortney, A. N., R. G. Poulin, J. (see Fluctuations and Trends; Threats and Limiting Factors). 2008). Also, in Lethbridge AB, where the upland is heavily urbanized, all radio-tracked rattlesnakes migrated short distances from dens and preferred riparian areas (Table 1; Andrus 2010). The importance of suitable retreat sites has also been documented for another rattlesnake species (Massasauga; Harvey and Weatherhead 2006). Cairns, A. Crosby, C. Sheffield and R. Poulin. Mitrovich, M. J., J. E. Diffendorfer and R. N. Fisher. In southern Saskatchewan, Gardiner (2012) found the short-distance migrants moved < 2 km from a den site whereas long-distance migrants moved from 2 - 12 km. Based on a limited number of observations and reports (including possible “chance” migrations) the historical range of the species may have extended as far north as Trochu, AB along the Red Deer River, almost as far west as Calgary, AB along the Bow River, as far east as Matador, SK along the South Saskatchewan River, and as far north as Eastend, SK along the Frenchman River (Figure 5; Pendlebury 1977). Most snake species (including all snake species that live in Alberta) are not aggressive by nature, and will sooner hide or flee than risk a confrontation with potential handlers or predators, including humans. 86 pp. Burrows used by Prairie Rattlesnakes are made by a variety of mammals, including: Richardson’s Ground Squirrels, Mountain Cottontails (Sylvilagus nuttallii), American Badgers (Taxidea taxus) and Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Ernst and Quinlan 2006; Gardiner 2012). In total, ~ 20,372 km2 of native prairie in both provinces combined (less than 25% of remaining native prairies) are considered to be in a relatively unaltered state or in ‘good’ ecological condition (Alberta Environmental Protection 1997, as cited by AESRD and ACA 2012; Saskatchewan Eco-Network 2013a). 11 pp. Although rescue (i.e., the establishment of new hibernacula in Canada by snakes originating in the U.S.) is possible, it would likely occur at a low or very low rate, and would be localized to areas close to the Canada-U.S. border. Following a recent collapse of one of the larger dens and an assumption that most snakes perished (Gardiner and Sonmar 2011), 192 mature individuals are subtracted (average of 384 snakes at this den [Kissner et al. Significant oil and gas activity in the foothills; Popular for recreation. 2010. First Nations Map of Saskatchewan Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Much of the river valley in Lethbridge has been protected since 1977 as a Restricted Development Area under the Department of Environment Act, which provides a form of control to restrict land use change and development in the river valley (LNG and RCP 2008). Industrial development in the energy sector is a threat to the Prairie Rattlesnake due to habitat loss and degradation, and direct mortality. Prairie Rattlesnake -- Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis) from Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta. Although the natural lifespan of a particular hibernaculum is unknown, some of the oldest den sites in Alberta were originally reported in the 1940s and 1950s and were confirmed active at least 60-70 years later (i.e., three to six Prairie Rattlesnake generations; Kissner and Nicholson 2003). (1996) considered three of the den sites in their Saskatchewan study to be part of the same hibernacula complex as they were less than 500 m from each other. 2012. The result is that Prairie Rattlesnake populations in Canada are dominated by older age classes for the majority of the active season (Macartney and Weichel 1993; Didiuk 2003; Gushulak pers. Highway on the prairies. The Saskatchewan Wildlife Act prohibits unauthorized killing, disturbance, collection, harvest, capture, sale and export of wildlife, including Prairie Rattlesnakes, without a permit (Government of Saskatchewan 2007). [accessed Dec. 2013]. 2008). 2013), Val Marie Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary, SK, Writing-on-Stone PP (Provincial Park), AB, Twin River Heritage Rangeland NA (Natural Area), AB, Kennedy Coulee ER (Ecological Reserve), AB, Causes of recent declines at dens are presumed and some can be reduced or reversed but range-wide, they have not ceased, No (there is only one population in Canada), Possible in localized areas near the U.S. border (e.g., Frenchman and Milk river watersheds), but unlikely due to high fidelity to hibernacula and long time period required for colonization, Yes, there is a risk that hibernacula could be destroyed or resident snakes killed en masse if hibernacula locations are available to the public with high location accuracy. 2008; Jørgensen 2009; Andrus 2010), but may be active at den sites earlier and later in the season (AESRD and ACA 2012; Gushulak pers. Similar to other rattlesnakes (e.g., Eastern Massasauga: Harvey and Weatherhead 2006), the location of suitable Prairie Rattlesnake hibernation sites cannot be predicted reliably based on surface features (Macartney and Weichel 1993). M.E.Des dissertation, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. In October 2013, for example, an Edmonton man was fined under the Alberta Wildlife Act for keeping 24 Prairie Rattlesnakes in his home without a permit (Cormier 2013). The Prairie Rattlesnake is a venomous snake that can inflict a painful and potentially deadly bite upon people, pets and livestock (Dickinson et al. 2009). Additional search effort in Alberta is needed where Prairie Rattlesnake’s range has appeared to contract since the late 1970s and earlier (see Canadian Range; AESRD and ACA 2012). Size and winter survivorship in neonatal Western Rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis). At least two of the 230 locations have been identified as being threatened by residential development. We know from other studies that urban populations of reptiles have relatively higher mortality rates than non-urban conspecifics (Mitchell et al. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife Division, Edmonton, AB. What are synonyms for prairie rattler? A. Martino, D. L. Parker and R. G. Poulin. 2013; Didiuk pers. May 2013. At Grasslands National Park, where snakes display a relatively wide range of migration distances (compared to Lethbridge snakes, Table 1), average home range sizes and lengths were 109.3 ha (ranging from 62.4 – 156.4 ha) and 2.8 km (ranging from 0.5 – 11.1 km), respectively. 2013c. A location is a geographically distinct area in which a single threatening event can rapidly affect all individuals of the species that are present (COSEWIC 2011b). Image used with permission. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife Division, Edmonton, AB. Plant and shrub cover around the site is also an important component (Nicholson and Rose 2001; Poulin and Didiuk 2008). In Alberta, Prairie Rattlesnakes are considered a non-game animal under the Alberta Wildlife Act making it unlawful to kill, possess, buy or sell Prairie Rattlesnakes without a permit in the province (Government of Alberta 2013a). In terms of discreteness, there is no evidence of genetic distinctiveness between localities (see Population Spatial Structure and Variability), and all occurrences of snakes in Canada are within a single reptile and amphibian faunal province and a single national ecological area (see Canadian Range; COSEWIC 2011a). 50 pp. Martinson, A. 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