A venomous snake that was spotted in a conservation area near Ajax is now on it’s way to a reptile sanctuary in Peterborough.
The copperhead snake was likely dumped in the area since the species is not native to Ontario. They are usually found in the southern United States.
On Tuesday, a man contacted the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, which owns the land, after having taken a picture of a large snake on Sunday, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Oakley.
Officials from the Toronto Zoo on scene, were able to identify the snake as a copperhead which was more than a metre in length.
Visiting officials recommended the conservation authority enlist the help of the Island River Reptile Zoo to find the snake. That zoo will be the new home for the snake.
Although venomous, copperhead snakes are generally not aggressive and bites are rarely fatal.
The snake is prohibited in Ajax as part of the town’s exotic pet bylaw.
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