Our tour ended with the Snakes Alive presentation. This was our second time seeing this presentation but it doesn’t get old. During the presentation a snake handler shows several wild snakes and explains how to differentiate between several Okanagan snake species. We learned that the Okanagan has seven snake species of snakes, the most common being the Western rattle snake and Great Basin gopher snake. Learning about Okanagan snakes is both empowering and helpful in removing the fear and disgust that is often associated with these fascinating creatures. Snakes can be dangerous to be sure but when left alone they are rarely a threat to us and they play the important role of keeping rodent populations at bay.
A tip for visiting the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in the summer is to prepare for extreme heat! My two little people complained during the entire walk along the trail because of the heat. Be sure to bring plenty of water, some snacks, hats and sunscreen.