Biodiversity in Pemberton

Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A new snake species (NOT harmful to humans) has been verified in the Pemberton Valley. Researcher Veronica Woodruff provides more information. Here is an email received from Veronica that outlines this important biodiversity finding. This further emphasizes another of the special features that make Pemberton & district so special.

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'Sharp Tailed Snake' Found in the Pemberton

"Hi, I just wanted to share a new species record for Pemberton confirmed this weekend by Dr. Leslie Anthony. While looking for rubber boa’s and alligator lizards on the hillside leading into the Mackenzie Basin, Leslie found a sharp-tailed snake! This snake is considered red-listed in BC, meaning it is endangered, extirpated or threatened. Only one other record exists for this reptile outside Southern Vancouver Island!

Sharp Tailed Snake

An Adult Sharp Tailed Snake

This is another testament to how incredibly lucky we are to live in this diverse ecosystem. Pemberton sits in the transitional zone between the wet coastal forests and the dry interior forest which accounts for this abundance in biodiversity.

Visit the One Mile Lake Nature Centre

Through the One Mile Lake Nature Centre, we are going to be cataloguing and tracking species sightings. Please feel free to share your knowledge with us anytime! Also, feel free to share this sighting with anyone you think may be interested!

And finally, if you wanted to check out our marine tank filled with critters from Howe Sound stop by the Nature Centre on Tuesday or Thursday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thanks!"

For more info contact...

Veronica Woodruff, 
Dipl. Tech. Fish & Wildlife
Dipl. Restoration of Natural Systems
Environmental Technician, Project Manager
Ecofish Research Ltd.
PO Box 710 - 1641 Highway 99
Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
Voice: 604-966-8229
vwoodruff@ecofishresearch.com
www.ecofishresearch.com
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