August 22, 2017


22° C, Partly cloudy

Full Forecast


Advertise With Us

For goodness snakes, province steps in

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 17/9/2009 (2895 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

RELIEF is coming for residents of an Interlake seniors complex who have seen their home invaded by garter snakes, the province said Thursday.

Repairs to foundation cracks at the Inwood Manor should commence next week, said Joy Cramer, chief executive officer of Manitoba Housing, which oversees the facility.

Garter snakes are a creepy problem at seniors complex.


Garter snakes are a creepy problem at seniors complex.

"We've got contractors already lined up and... we're hoping to start the work next week," Cramer said in an interview.

The 55-plus residence is located near the world's largest red-sided garter snake dens at Narcisse, about an hour's drive north of Winnipeg.

Ann O'Malley, who moved into the building last spring, said she's hoping the contractors are successful.

"Everybody is stirred up. Hopefully things will get completed," she said Thursday, adding that there are no other problems with the building. "If I move out of here, it will be because of the snakes. There's no other reason I would ever move. I'm really happy here."

Each spring, tens of thousands of snakes emerge from their warm limestone caves underground to mate; in fall, they crawl back to their snug homes. It's during these migratory periods that the slithery invaders become a pest to the building's residents.

Cramer said the creatures can wiggle into tiny foundation gaps. "Anything larger than 3/16 of an inch needs to be filled," she said.

The facility was erected in 1976 by the Inwood Manor Inc., a non-profit group, with funding from Ottawa. It is managed and operated by a non-profit board.

In 1999, the province took over responsibility for overseeing such facilities. It also funds major capital repairs.

While the snake problem is a building maintenance issue -- falling under the responsibility of the facility's management -- Cramer said the province has agreed to fix the problem, at the non-profit board's request.

"We work closely with our non-profits to support them, and so when something like this comes up we're certainly there to support them and help them," she said.

Inwood Manor administrators could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Read more by Larry Kusch.


Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Photo Store

Scroll down to load more