Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils are not the only things emerging as we experience bursts of warm, sunny weather.
Our local garter snakes are starting to come out of hibernation meaning it's time for a reminder that they must not be handled or removed from their natural habitat. All snakes in British Columbia are protected by law under the BC Wildlife Act and it is an offence under the Act to harass them or attempt to capture or possess them. Anything that causes them stress, such as picking them up, is harassment. They are wild creatures, not pets and certainly not toys.
Children should be encouraged to observe and learn about these interesting creatures but to show them respect by allowing them space and peace to follow their natural instincts. Following is a link to a pamphlet with photos and more information about the garter snakes of Boundary Bay. See more at this link.
Parents should keep in mind that, although non venomous, garter snakes may bite and bacteria can cause irritation and swelling. Rare allergic reactions may also occur.
Let's all enjoy the beauty of spring. Smell the flowers; listen to the birds; take photos of everything nature, has to offer, including the snakes. Look but don't touch!