Native forest habitats in southern British Columbia are under pressure from human activities. Little remains of the original coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems that once covered southeastern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. This area is home to a number of rare species, including the Endangered Sharp-tailed Snake. Fortunately, these snakes can coexist with humans in low-density urban areas, as long as suitable habitat features remain. Snake-friendly gardening practices involve providing hiding places, warm sites, pesticide-free environments, native vegetation and habitat, and access to habitats.
Ovaska, Kristiina, Engelstoft, Christian. 2003. Attracting Snakes into Your Backyard. Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection