JUST THE FAQS
HOW DOES SNAKE FENCING WORK?
We install a barrier to your existing fence that prevents rattlesnakes from going under or through your fence. It isn't foolproof, but it can greatly reduce your risk. Even better, it won't impede your view, and it can be removed in the future and used again if you replace your fence or make changes to your yard.
It won't keep all snakes out as other species are more adept and prone to climbing, but it's very effective for rattlesnakes.
WHY DO YOU LIKE SNAKES SO MUCH?
Honestly, we love ALL the animals we share our prairie habitat with. But it is pretty amazing that rattlesnakes can survive our long, cold winters in Canada. And someone has to like the creepy crawlies that most people don't want around!
We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, home to some of the most unique plants and animals known to man. Reducing human-animal conflict keeps people and pets safe, and helps conserve animals and habitat.
BUT CANADIAN RATTLESNAKES AREN'T DANGEROUS ANYWAY, RIGHT?
Actually, that's a myth. The prairie rattlesnake is the only species found in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and its range extends into northern Mexico. It's a large, heavy-bodied species, and it is capable of causing severe injury or death. Quick treatment with antivenom will prevent most serious complications.
Oh, and did you know Alberta doesn't have any brown recluse spiders. That's a myth. In fact, the legend is widespread across North America. In reality, only a handful of states are home to the little brown spider, but spider bites are misdiagnosed throughout the continent. Psychologists have even written papers about the brown recluse myth phenomenon.
WHO WANTS TO SPEND A WHOLE DAY LEARNING ABOUT SNAKES?
Many people! Between agriculture and the natural resource industries, there are a ton of people who spend time working in snake country every day. Companies serve their employees well by providing them with the tips and tools to stay safe out there! And they enjoy the added bonus of knowing they are adding to the sustainability of their industry by contributing to conserving Alberta's reptiles and amphibians.
We also provide safety seminars to fire departments, bylaw and law enforcement, and medical professionals who might encounter the animals or any resulting patients.
Finally, we love talking about snakes and spiders and badgers and vultures – especially to young people, community groups and at senior citizens' homes. Our presentations are fun, fast-paced and informative.