The spring migration of the red sided garter snake.
Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis.

Schools in the area are therefore responsible for teaching children about these snakes from an early age.  During school trips to Narcisse, children are helped to overcome their basic aversion to snakes in a rather direct manner: they have to hold them in their hands. 

It is the largest concentration of snakes in the world.  Every springtime in Narcisse, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, tens of thousands of them burst out of holes in the rocks where they have been hibernating.   (image by Olivier Blaise)
The spring migration of the red sided garter snake. Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis. Schools in the area are therefore responsible for teaching children about these snakes from an early age. During school trips to Narcisse, children are helped to overcome their basic aversion to snakes in a rather direct manner: they have to hold them in their hands. It is the largest concentration of snakes in the world. Every springtime in Narcisse, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, tens of thousands of them burst out of holes in the rocks where they have been hibernating.
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