The seasons are ch-ch-changing. That means the snakes in southern Illinois will begin slithering back into hibernation!
For about two months, reptiles and amphibians in the Shawnee National Forest near Wolf Lake will migrate from LaRue Swamp, across what’s known as Snake Road to the limestone bluffs nearby.
The forest service closes a portion of Snake Road each spring and fall to make sure these critters, some of which are considered threatened and endangered, can safely cross.
Starting September 1, the road will close to vehicle traffic between milepost 3.0 and milepost 5.8. It’ll stay closed through October 30.
Of course, foot traffic is still welcome! Snakes, frogs, salamanders, and turtles will move freely around the LaRue-Pine Hills, and this is a great chance to see them.
About 66 percent of the amphibians and 59 percent of the reptiles known to occur in Illinois are found here. CLICK HERE to learn more about the migration.
CAUTION: Unauthorized collecting and handling of any of these species is prohibited under federal and state law.
To reach Snake Road from Jonesboro: Take Highway 146 west 8 miles to Highway 3; then north 8 miles on Highway 3 to Muddy Levee Road. Then east 3 miles to LaRue Rd., at the ‘T’ turn right into Winters Pond parking lot. They can also reach this from the south entrance off of LaRue Rd (some people like to walk from here north and turn around part way)
To reach Snake Road from Murphysboro: Take Highway 149 west 7 miles to Highway 3; then south 14 miles on Highway 3 to Muddy Levee Road. Then east 3 miles to LaRue Rd., at the ‘T’ turn right into Winters Pond parking lot.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA:Timber rattlesnake, huge copperhead spotted at Snake Road
To explore snake road through the eyes of an avid hiker, CLICK HERE.