Snake Road, Illinois: Part 2

7:23 PM

Earlier this week in the “Snake Road, Illinois: Part 1” entry I blogged about a recent trip I took to Snake Road, Illinois.  I posted some of photos of our amphibian finds.  This post focuses on some photos of the reptiles we found on the trip to snake road.  At the end of the post I have listed all of reptiles found by our group during our trip.  I have also posted our bird list.  Keep in mind the focus of this trip was herps and we weren’t really paying very close attention to the skies, we had our eyes on the ground!  Enjoy the rest of the photos…

Snake Road

The Rules!

The Mighty Mississippi

Can't visit Snake Road without a stop to Downhome Do-Dads.

Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Northern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus)

Northern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus)

Midwest Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus helenae)

Midwest Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus helenae)

Midwest Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus helenae)

Midwest Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus helenae)

Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus proximus)

Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus proximus)

Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus proximus)

Northern Red-Bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata)
This little Red-Belly was flaring his lips at us a defensive posture.  Not the greatest photo, but a neat threat display.

Northern Red-Bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata)

Copperhead- Northern and Southern intergrade (Agkistrodon contortrix)

Copperhead- Northern and Southern intergrade (Agkistrodon contortrix)

Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
Some of the Cottonmouths have a nice red tone to them like this juvenile.

Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
Why do they call them Cottonmouths again?  Oh right, the mouth is bright white and opens as a defensive warning.

Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)

Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)



Reptiles Observed by Our (Smaller) Group at Snake Road:

*- Indicates a lifer for me!
  1. River Cooters- Missouri and Hieroglyphic intergrade (Pseudemys concinna)*
  2. Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) 
  3. Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina)*
  4. Northern Fence Lizards (Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus)*
  5. Yellowbelly Water Snakes (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster)*
  6. Midwest Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus helenae)*
  7. Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus proximus)*
  8. Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) 
  9. Northern Red-Bellied Snake (S. o. occipitomaculata)
  10. Copperhead- Northern and Southern intergrade (Agkistrodon contortrix)*
  11. Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)* 
  12. Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

Birds Observed at Snake Road:
  1. Pied-Billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
  2. Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 
  3. Great-Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 
  4. Great Egrets (Ardea alba) 
  5. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
  6.  Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 
  7. Red-Shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus
  8. Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis
  9. Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus
  10. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura
  11. Rock Pigeon (Columba livia
  12. Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus
  13. Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio
  14. Barred Owl (Strix varia
  15. Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica
  16. Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon
  17. Yellow-Shafted Flicker (Colaptes auratus
  18. Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus
  19. Red-Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus
  20. Red-Headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  21. Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe
  22. Red-Eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus
  23. Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata
  24. America Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos
  25. Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor
  26. Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus
  27. Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum
  28. Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis
  29. American Robin (Turdus migratorius
  30. Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos
  31. Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum
  32. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris
  33. Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor
  34. Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis
  35. Red-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis
  36. Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra
  37. Dark-Eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
  38. Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus
  39. Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina
  40. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus
  41. Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula
  42. American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) 
Good herping and birding! 

~ Kristen Martyn

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1 comments

  1. Nice pictures of cottonmouth snakes. I'm not really sure why it's called cottonmouth.. all I know is, this snake is a hell of a tracker!

    Source: http://www.venomoussnakes.net/cottonmouth.htm

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