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Response Statement - Western Yellow-bellied Racer

The Canadian distribution of this snake is confined to arid valleys of south-central British Columbia, an area with intensive agricultural development and an expanding human population and tourism industry. While relatively little is known of this elusive snake, it likely faces similar threats as other large snakes with which it shares its habitat (Western Rattlesnake, Great Basin Gophersnake). Migratory behaviour of snakes between overwintering dens on valley slopes and lowland foraging habitats, together with increasing numbers of roads and traffic volumes, make populations particularly sensitive to road mortality and habitat loss and fragmentation. Life history characteristics, such as small clutch size and infrequent reproduction by females, increase vulnerability of populations to disturbance, persecution, and changes in land use.

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Director
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
351 Boul St-Joseph
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3
Tel: 800-668-6767
Fax: 819-938-4147
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