Snake Dens at Narcisse Wildlife Management Area


This is a wonderful place for viewing snakes, going birding, or taking a walk along the trails that “snake” from den to den.

The snake dens are part of the Narcisse Wildlife Management Area that protects the hibernacula for the largest concentration of red-sided garter snakes in the world. The habitat here is aspen-oak parkland.

While the snakes are most active from late April to the end of May, you might see American Crows dining on snake liver. Great Horned Owls also hunt the snakes; watch for both around the dens.

The aspen forests and grasslands provide habitat for Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, and Red-tailed Hawk, Upland Sandpiper, Great Horned Owl, Long-eared Owl, Northern Flicker, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Western Meadowlark, and American Goldfinch.