Windsor-Essex Parkway plan saves sleepy snakes

Thousands of commuters who use Huron Church Road each day might be interested to know why 350 homes along the route have sat empty since being expropriated last year.

It’s because of the snakes.

In snake-rich Essex County — more species are found here than anywhere else in Canada — the reptiles have learned to tolerate humans so well they co-habitate with us.

In the winter, anyway.

Essex County snakes are so inured to human activity, two species now prefer hibernating in homes and other buildings to roughing it in the open.

Which is why most of the buildings standing in the way of the Windsor-Essex Parkway, the $2-billion road to the new Detroit River International Crossing, are still standing. Experts want to be certain all the snakes are awake.

“They’re in the insulation,” a senior Ontario Ministry of Transportation official said of the snakes last week when I asked when the vacant homes would come down.

Read full story HERE.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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