This snake is small (adults are 20 to 45 cm long and the thickness of a pencil) and harmless, like all snakes on Vancouver Island. It requires south-facing, rocky areas (such as inland cliffs and bluffs
) in Coastal Douglas fir forests
, particularly for nursery sites. The snake occurs here at the northern limit of its range, and is threatened by habitat loss and degradation
. It is considered critically imperiled and is on the provincial Red List
(the highest risk category).
A primary habitat for the sharp-tailed snake is the Department of National Defense Rifle Range lands, and the Partridge Hills just north of this area. Research on the snake is ongoing in this area.
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