Rockrose  Eastern Ribbonsnake

Rockrose Eastern Ribbonsnake

Christine Sonntag
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Rockrose (Canada Frostweed) and Eastern Ribbonsnake

Rockrose (Helianthemum canadense) is a perennial herb generally found in dry sandy barrens in the heartland of Annapolis Valley. Only about 3% of these Barrens remain due to overdevelopment, agricultural reclaiming of the land as well as sand quarrying.

Eastern Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus) exists now as a small, isolated, post-glacial relic population confined to the southwest part of Nova Scotia.  It is found in the summer in freshwater wetlands and lakesides.  Little is known of this disappearing species.

The Ribbonsnake is threatened because of habitat loss due to shoreline development.

Acrylic on canvas

8 X 10 inches