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The Narcisse Snake Pits are located six kilometers north of Narcisse, Manitoba. The dens are the winter home of tens of thousands of Red-sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis). These pits are the largest concentration in the world of this particular type of snake. Their winter dens are subterranean caverns formed by the area's water-worn limestone bedrock. In the spring, they come up from their dens to the snake pits, where they engage in mating rituals. Then they disperse into the nearby marshes for the summer. The best time to visit the Narcisse Snake Pits is late April to early May, which is the mating season. Another good time to go is early September, when the snakes slither back down to their winter dens.


Sam and Sara in Inwood Sam and Sara in Inwood Sam and Sara in Inwood
Sam and Sara in Inwood Entrance Garter snake
Den One Garter snake Den One
Garter snakes Garter snakes Garter snakes
Garter snakes Garter snakes Garter snakes
Garter snake Den Two Den Two
Den Two Garter snake Garter snake
Den One Den One Garter Snake
Den One Den One Den One
Garter snake Garter snake Den Two
Den Two Den Two Den Two
Den Two Den Three Den Four
Going to Den Three Den Three Garter snake
Garter snake Den Four This way to the dens
Den Four Heading back Map


 

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