‘Snake Street’ closes in Illinois for reptile, amphibian crossing


UNION COUNTY, Ailing. – The U.S. Forest Service has closed a small gravel street in Shawnee Nationwide Forest to permit for the secure migration of reptiles and amphibians.

Each spring and fall, tens of 1000’s of snakes and different small animals cross a small stretch of gravel street between a collection of limestone bluffs and LaRue Swamp. In line with the Forest Service, about 66% of the amphibians and 59% of the reptiles in Illinois might be discovered on this space.

The Forest Service normally closes Snake Street for the spring migration from March 15 to Could 15. The animals will transfer from their hibernation spots within the bluffs to the swamp. Because of the hotter climate and enhance in reptile and amphibian exercise, the street was closed on March 5.

The street is once more closed from September 1 to October 30 within the fall because the animals retreat again into the bluffs for the winter.

Whereas the street is closed to automobiles, individuals are allowed to journey on foot. The land is a federally-protected analysis space, so accumulating, dealing with, or interfering with the animals is prohibited.

The next species might be discovered migrating alongside Snake Street:

Courtesy Illinois Division of Pure Assets

  • Spiny Softshell
  • Northern Crimson-Bellied Snake
  • Noticed Salamander
  • Refrain Frog
  • Slimy Salamander
  • Broadhead Skink
  • Japanese Hognose Snake
  • Crimson Milk Snake
  • Midland Water Snake
  • Western Ribbon Snake
  • Japanese Tough Inexperienced Snake
  • Japanese Garter Snake
  • Western Lesser Siren
  • Marbled Salamander
  • Small-Mouthed Salamander
  • Midwest Worm Snake
  • Central Newt
  • Zigzag Salamander
  • Lengthy-Tailed Salamander
  • Black Rat Snake
  • Cave Salamander
  • American Toad
  • Fowler’s Toad
  • Copperhead
  • Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
  • Northern Spring Peeper
  • Japanese Gray Treefrog
  • Black Racer
  • Bullfrog
  • Inexperienced Frog
  • Southern Leopard Frog
  • Midland Brown Snake
  • Frequent Snapping Turtle
  • Stinkpot Turtle
  • Japanese Field Turtle
  • Ring-necked Snake
  • Japanese Painted Turtle
  • Crimson-Eared Turtle
  • Northern Fence Lizard
  • King Snake
  • Floor Skink
  • Western Cottonmouth
  • 5 Lined Skink
  • Western Earth Snake
  • Western Mud Snake
  • Diamond-Backed Water Snake

Shut Modal

Counsel a Correction


Subscribe Us To Receive Our Latest News In Your Inbox!

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here