My students have been asking a lot about snakes in Alberta. In southern Alberta, there are rattlesnakes, which can be dangerous, especially for children or dogs.
This is a great, short video about the garter snake colonies in central Manitoba. Garter snakes are very safe to be around, and it’s nice to see the children interacting with them. There is a garter snake den near Fort Assiniboine, a couple of hours northwest of Edmonton. I intend to investigate it next time that I go to the area.