It's been a long time since I've last posted to FHF...just been so busy and didn't really herp all too much at all last year. Anyway...I have something to share and something I'm pretty proud of, so hopefully it is well-received here as well.
For the past few years my family has taking a fishing vacation up to Burnett Co. WI. A long time ago I had heard about there being a population of bullsnakes in that county. I found a good spot only a 15 minute drive from our vacation cabin, which I try to hit it up at least once a year. 2 years ago I found a shed and then last year I found one dead on the road, so I knew they were there but didn't ever find a live one. This year, my brother and I went up late morning to look around and we found another shed, but no live snakes. I was kind of bummed that I was so close, but yet so far away. I decided that on my return trip home, I would stop and check there again.
I checked all the same spots that I normally do...3 locations that I know should have them. I drove to my last spot, and almost didn't check it because it was getting later than I wanted it to be and rain was coming. On one side of the road is about an acre sized patch of prime habitat, and on the other size of the road is just a narrow strip between the road and water, maybe 1/8 acre in size. I checked the larger area and was crossing up and over the road and a bullsnake was crawling across! Another minute of searching and the snake would have crossed right behind me and I never would have seen it! I finally got lucky.
Here it is though, a nice big 5ft 9inch snake.