Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) in Canada

The Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) was designated Threatened in Canada in 2001 by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). It is widespread across much of eastern North America, but in Canada, it is limited to two areas of Ontario: the Carolinian Life Zone of southwestern Ontario, and central Ontario south of the French River and Lake Nipissing. Although the current distribution of the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Ontario is not completely known, it is clear that this species has declined in range. The Eastern Hog-nosed Snake has been extirpated from the Regional Municipalities of Halton, Peel, and York and possibly from Bruce, and Prince Edward counties. It has also been extirpated from Point Pelee National Park and Pelee Island. Threats faced by the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake include: habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation, roads, persecution, collecting and contaminants.

Consultation period: 2008-12-12 to 2009-02-10

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Gary Allen
Species Conservation Specialist
Species Conservation and Management, Natural Resource Conservation
Parks Canada Agency
1800 Walkley Road
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0M5
Tel: 613-993-2125
Fax: 613-993-9796
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