A rough green snake slithers across the aptly named Snake Road in the Shawnee National Forest - LaRue Pine HIlls, Illinois, USA.
On one side of Snake Road are rocky hillsides and tall bluffs. On the other side is a large swamp. The rough green snake's preferred habitat is moist meadows and woodlands, often near water. It is highly arboreal, frequently found climbing in low vegetation, and is also a good swimmer. However, it is often found on the ground as well. Unlike many snakes, it is largely diurnal.
In the spring, snakes migrate from their wintering dens in the bluffs to the swamp. In the fall they cross Snake Road again to return to the bluffs. The Illinois Forest Service closes a 2.5 mile section of this road to vehicles for 2 months in the spring and 2 months in the fall to protect the migrating snakes. Collecting and harassing of the reptiles and amphibians in this area is prohibited and monitored. See sign in 5th photo for more information.
Lat: 37.55, Long: -89.30
Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jun 11, 2012
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