An animal you wouldn’t have guessed at first to call Saskatchewan home, the prairie rattlesnake is something to beware of when adventuring.  

Ray Poulin, head of research and collections at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum explained that “Most of the rattlesnakes we find are going to be associated with the South Saskatchewan River, so they really like those bad land areas and those steep Cliff sides, and that's where they kind of live and that's where they over winter.  

But occasionally some of them wander away.” 

Although not as dangerous as their American cousins, bites should still be taken seriously. 

“In general, the rattlesnakes we get in Saskatchewan, the Prairie rattlesnake are not as highly venomous or are highly toxic as some of the other rattlesnakes and other venomous snakes that you would get in the southwest US. So I mean, you're going to need to seek medical attention, right? ... Call the Poison Information Center, or the nearest medical facility, it's completely treatable.” 

The safest practice is to not put yourself into a situation that could result in a bit of any kind from any animal. 

“I give this this conversation a lot. And I always ask people what the reasons are [A snake will bite you]. And there's only two of them that a snake would ever bite you. 

One is to eat you. And of course, we're way too big for snakes to be eating us and the other one is to defend itself, right? So if we somehow provoke it, if we step on it or we're harassing it, then it's going to defend itself.  

But snakes are not going to come out of their hiding to chase people or to chase anything because they don't want to be in that fight. We're way too big for them to want to.” 

If you have questions visit the Royal Canadian Museum webpage here