Naturalists fear snakes to be affected by LaSalle subdivision

There are concerns snakes will be displaced by new homes proposed for LaSalle.
Massasauga rattlesnakes are a species at risk and can inject venom into their prey via fangs that rest in the roof of their mouth. (Chris Gardner/Associated Press)

There are concerns snakes will be displaced by new homes proposed for LaSalle.

The Essex County Field Naturalists Club is requesting the province include "protective measures" as part of a subdivision plan on Disputed Road.

Club president Jesse Gardner-Costa says the Massassauga rattlesnake is the species at risk. Gardner-Costa claims the area designated for development is protected to an extent.

"There are already areas designated as Endangered Species Act-protected areas. There are boundaries for that, which include the LaSalle woodlots, and part of the area around it," Gardner-Costa said. "The motions essentially just to respect those boundaries, so far, and we haven't heard anything back from the ministry or from the developer."

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