Lake Erie Water Snakes

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Lake Erie Water Snakes


Lake Erie water snakes are a type of water snake that live near Pelee and other west Lake Erie islands. They have been on the species at risk list since 2008, or 9 years. They live near the shoreline and go into the water to catch their prey, fish.

They are endangered mainly due to habitat loss caused by shoreline development. Another reason why they are endangered is because sometimes cars run over them intentionally or by accident. They aren’t venomous and their bite doesn’t hurt that bad. We should try to get them off the endangered species list because like many other animals, if they become extinct it could quite potentially cause a change in the food chain. Whether it be big or small, it will still be a change.

What we would like to happen is maybe a few signs on beaches on west Lake Erie Islands so people know what is happening.

Sources: https://www.ontario.ca/page/lake-erie-watersnake

               https://www.ontarionature.org/protect/species/reptiles_and_amphibians/lake_erie_watersnake.php



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