Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October 4

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Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October 4

Post by tspuckler » October 4th, 2016, 9:03 pm

Things got off to a very rainy start.
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But there were plenty of amphibians to be found, like this Cave Salamander.
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Blanchard's Cricket Frogs were a common sight throughout the trip.
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A stocky and very faded Longtailed Salamander.
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A number of Fall wildflowers were in bloom, like these Asters.
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American Toad.
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The first snake that I saw on the trip was this young Cottonmouth.
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American Bullfrog.
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Red-spotted Newts were often encountered crossing roads.
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Spring Peeper.
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Leopard Slug - these were seen crossing roads on rainy nights.
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Leopard Frogs were a frequent sight.
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On the second day of the trip I visited this cypress swamp.
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Mole Salamander.
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Green Treefrog.
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There was a very large number of orbweaver spiders at nearly every place I visited. This was the largest though - Marbled Orbweaver.
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Marbled Salamander.
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"Striped" Marbled Salamander.
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Midland Painted Turtle.
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In the afternoon I went back to Snake Road. This is what the Big Muddy River looked like on that day.
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I saw this young Cottonmouth basking a few feet up in a tree.
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Red-tailed Hawk.
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Cross Orbweaver.
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A young Ringneck Snake.
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A shy Five-lined Skink.
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A Rough Green Snake pretending to be a twig.
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Handful of Bess Beetle grubs.
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Long-tailed Salamander.
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A Yellowbelly Water Snake seeing if it's safe to go outside.
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Before I knew it, it was time to say goodnight to Snake Road.
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On the following day I checked out the surrounding area - Great Blue Lobelia.
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A Kingsnake in a shed cycle.
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This freshly shed Kingsnake was only a few feet away from the first.
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An oddly patterned Green Frog.
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I wasn't kidding about all the orbweavers - Long-jawed Orbweaver.
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Blotched version of a Midland Water Snake.
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Banded version of a Midland Water Snake.
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They have some pretty large millipedes in southern Illinois.
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Ringneck Snake.
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Katydid on the tracks.
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Later that night I saw this Copperhead crossing the road.
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The following morning I visited the Cache River to see some turtles.
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Red-ear Slider.
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Turtlehead.
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Spiny Softshell.
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A Duckweed coated Cottonmouth.
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Copperbelly Water Snake.
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Due to the damp weather, there were many mushrooms to be seen, like this Orange Mycena.
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Eventually I made my way back to Snake Road.
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Along the way, I found this Black Rat Snake.
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Free advice.
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A young Black Racer, also found on the way to Snake Road.
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A view of the limestone bluffs as I approached Snake Road.
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One I got there, I saw many Cottonmouths, most which were all-too-happy to say "cheese" for my camera.
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Here's what Snake Road looked like on that day.
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A sleepy Green Treefrog.
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Western Ribbon Snake.
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An edible mushroom about the size of a Cabbage - Chicken of the Woods.
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Bird-voiced Treefrog.
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A young Timber Rattlesnake.
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It wasn't long after that when it began to get dark.
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On my final day at Snake Road, it was mostly sunny. Here's what Winters Pond looked like.
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A baby Fence Lizard in the parking lot.
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Question Mark Butterfly.
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Cottonmouths were the most commonly seen snake that day, I saw over 20.
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It was awesome for me to find this "lifer" Zigzag Salamander.
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A Black Rat Snake that was in the bluffs.
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Slimy Salamander.
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Arrowhead Orbweaver.
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I closed out the day with this really nice looking Spotted Salamander.
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On my last day I only had an hour to kill, so I decided to return to the Cahe River to look for Box Turtles.
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Luck was not with me in the turtle department, but I did find this Mud Snake "on the crawl."
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Another photo of the same snake.
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And if that wasn't enough on my way home, I saw this Eastern Hognose Snake crossing the road (cobra mode).
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Another photo of the same snake.
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It was great to visit southern Illinois again.

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Re: Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October

Post by the_cw1 » October 5th, 2016, 8:21 am

Awesome post! I'm going to snake road this weekend and this post gets me awfully excited, especially the baby timber. :)

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Re: Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October

Post by NACairns » October 5th, 2016, 6:42 pm

Wow you cleaned up. Outstanding diversity and great shots. I love the arboreal cottonmouth. I'm also jealous of your bird voiced tree frog. Looks likes a great trip. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October

Post by Porter » October 6th, 2016, 1:08 pm

Cool Shots :thumb: :thumb:


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Re: Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October

Post by blacktara » October 11th, 2016, 7:29 am

Nice pics - especially love the mud snake, mole mander and the zigzag

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Re: Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October

Post by Barry R » November 4th, 2016, 11:08 am

great stuff! :thumb:

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Re: Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October

Post by dwakefield » November 10th, 2016, 11:49 am

Wow, what a great trip that was, Tim! Awesome to finish it off with a mud and a plati :thumb:

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