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Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by bitis2 » August 4th, 2011, 6:54 am

I am starting to plan a fall trip down to snake road. This will be my first trip there and I am looking for some insight. Would like to pick the brains of those who have been there on such things as best dates, other good herping sights, etc. I am looking forward to the trip and the chance to photograph some herps. Any help would be great. Thanks.

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by Mike Pingleton » August 4th, 2011, 10:48 am

October is your best month down on SR. You might consider posting on the NAFHA Midwest Chapter forum - a lot of guys on there make the trip down every year.

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by DaneConley » August 4th, 2011, 7:08 pm

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by justinm » August 5th, 2011, 5:45 am

They really changed the signage when I went down in May I was surprised to see that someone appears to be paying attention to that area. I'm happy for that, as I keep seeing a lot of knuckleheads doing things they really shouldn't. If you didn't know this is the only ecological area in Illinois that has protection for all species. You still see people roughhousing hots though. I have been hearing of more tickets being handed out so maybe it will start to lose appeal to those folks. If you go read the rules and follow them. Most importantly, no collecting, no bags, no hooks. Take only pictures folks.

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by Knightkrawler5 » August 5th, 2011, 2:22 pm

Yeah and watch where you put your feet and hands...cottonmouths are everywhere! I can't wait to go back down this October

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by Jeremy Westerman » August 7th, 2011, 9:41 am

justinm wrote: If you go read the rules and follow them. Most importantly, no collecting, no bags, no hooks. Take only pictures folks.
So is everyone strolling around with a shepherd's crook walking stick? :lol:

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by justinm » August 8th, 2011, 7:00 pm

You do see a lot of Walking Sticks... I don't want the area closed to foot traffic so I'm kind of a prick when I see people breaking the rules down there.

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by joeysgreen » August 9th, 2011, 6:32 am

I too will be making my first trip down there this October. I've been mega excited all year! It sucks that I'll have to leave my hook in the car, but I'll be sure to respect the rules.
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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by Wayne_MO » August 9th, 2011, 7:58 am

justinm wrote:You do see a lot of Walking Sticks... I don't want the area closed to foot traffic so I'm kind of a prick when I see people breaking the rules down there.
As well you should be. Snake Road is a terrific public resource. Snakes are abundant enough there that everyone can get some really good in situ pictures, so leaving the hook at home is a pretty minor sacrifice to afford the snakes minimum harassment and to offer herpers an unusual site where herps are actually given priority.

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by Wayne_MO » August 9th, 2011, 8:16 am

bitis2 wrote:I am starting to plan a fall trip down to snake road. This will be my first trip there and I am looking for some insight. Would like to pick the brains of those who have been there on such things as best dates, other good herping sights, etc. I am looking forward to the trip and the chance to photograph some herps. Any help would be great. Thanks.
Early to mid-October is ideal. There are other good sites in the area, but it is easy to work the snake road area and nowhere else for 3 or 4 straight days and never get bored. While I sometimes explore other sites in the area (especially if accompanied by people who know those other sites) it is kind of hard to beat just concentrating most or all of your effort on the road and the bluffs and swamps near the road.

Of course being on the road you also run into people who might offer to show you other places, so if you do get bored of the road (you won't) the road is still a good place to network for those other places.

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by bitis2 » August 12th, 2011, 7:27 am

Thanks all for the info and hope to see some of you all this fall.

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by DaneConley » August 12th, 2011, 11:00 pm

Im actually going to snake road tommorow, I just like going to the road, I know I will probably only see like one cottonmouth but its worth it. Th scenery is just amazing.

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Re: Fall Snake Road Trip

Post by ahockenberry » August 14th, 2011, 7:20 pm

Excellent Cottonmouth!

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