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Watch: Narcisse snake dens make for a slithery spectacle

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Red-sided garter snakes make their way up the rocks in search of a female after emerging from their limestone caves near Narcisse, Man., on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)2 / 2

The Narcisse Snake Dens about an hour and a half north of Winnipeg are home to the world's largest gathering of red-sided garter snakes.

Every spring, the snakes emerge by the thousands from the limestone caves and crevasses where they winter below the frostline. For two to three weeks, the snakes are easily visible as they gather in squirming, swarming balls to breed before dispersing to their summer habitats. By some miracle of nature, they return to the dens in the fall before winter drives them back underground.

Every spring, this slithering spectacle of nature draws visitors by the thousands to the Narcisse Snake Dens. Herald staffers Brad Dokken and Joshua Komer recently visited the site to witness the spectacle for themselves.

Check out their visit in stories, photos and video in Sunday's Herald.

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