2006 Snake Summary Page

This is my detailed description page of all of my snake trips.
 
 

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 Date / Conditions
Summary
January 01, 2006
Clear   86°
Mike Cravens, his friend Brian, and I organized a trip to Southern Texas.  On the way down the temps were surprisingly warm.  We decided to check boards and tin on the road sides, without luck.  We also started to realize how drought stricken Texas was.  This would prove to make our herp finds few and far between.  A total of 0 snakes.
January 02, 2006
Clear   86°
We woke up south of San Antonio in Live Oak County Texas.  We checked out various tin sites.  The first site proved to be the only productive site.  We found a mediterranean gecko, rosebelly lizard, great plains narrow-mouthed toad, and a southwestern rat snake.  We set up camp in Zapata County Texas, where I saw a bull frog and had a small alligator, that I didn’t even see, scare the heck out of me.  A total of 1 snake.
January 03, 2006
Clear   87°
We started the day by checking various tin sites in Jim Hog and Hidalgo County Texas.  The drought taunted us more as we only found a few blue spiny lizards.  We ended the day at a National Wildlife Refuge where we rescued an old southwestern rat snake out of a culvert.  A total of 1 snake.
January 04, 2006
Mostly Cloudy   84°
We started this day an Cameron County Texas looking for the speckled racer.  Searching till dark yielded no serpents.  The only herps were four-lined skinks, a rosebelly lizard, and red eared sliders.  Maybe tomorrow!  A total of 0 snakes.
January 05, 2006
Clear   73°
We decided to give the speckled racer another shot.  However we were shut out again.  The drought was not ending anytime soon.  However, I was harassed by the border patrol from a helicopter.  We left Cameron County in the afternoon and headed to a National Wildlife Refuge in Atacosca County Texas.  We saw a DOR gulf coast ribbon snake.  I also saw my first american alligator.  Our luck continued.  A total of 1 snake.
January 06, 2006
Clear   72°
We headed back south to Hidalgo and Cameron Counties.  Our efforts for an Indigo was not rewarded.  All we saw were a rosebelly lizard and a rio grande leopard frog. A total of 0 snakes.
January 07, 2006
Clear   79°
We headed north to a National Wildlife Refuge in Aransas County Texas.  Our totals were a little better this day.  However, the drought  was still very much present.  We looked hard without any luck.  However, after viewing our first ever whooping cranes, we road cruised a beautiful texas rat snake.  We later found a gulf coast ribbon snake out on the move.  Before we left, I got pictures of an adult alligator from only a few feet away. A total of 2 snakes.
January 08, 2006
Mostly Cloudy   71°
We were now on our way back to Saint Louis.  We took a scenic route in Cameron and Vermilion Counties in Louisiana to view hurricane damage.  We saw devastation, many red eared sliders, and several american alligators.  It was a great bird trip, but not so much a herp trip.  I did get some lifers in both categories so I consider it a successful trip.  A total of 0 snakes.
January 12, 2006
Partly Cloudy  59°
The temps were warm so, I went to one of my spots in St. Charles County Missouri to find my first Missouri snake of the year.  I was successful, but the wind limited my luck to one eastern garter snake.  A total of 1 snake. 
January 16, 2006
Clear   62°
The temps again were warm, so my sister and I went to my other spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  We arrived late.  By this time it was cloudy, windy, and about to rain.  I only managed to see a large eastern yellow-bellied racer sticking his head out of a crevasse.  A total of 1 snake.
January 19, 2006
Mostly Cloudy   62°
I couldn’t help but feel like I was wasting my time at home.  It was warm and sunny.  I should be snake hunting!  However, I got to my spot in St. Charles County Missouri where it was now cloudy and very windy.  Needless to say, I would have had just as much luck on the couch.  A total of 0 snakes.
February 14, 2006
Clear   69°
I went to one of my spots in St. Charles County Missouri, but I had no luck.  Maybe next time!   A total of 0 snakes.
February 24, 2006
Partly Cloudy   64°
I tried to get lucky with some salamanders and chorus frogs at one of my spots in St. Charles County Missouri.  I was unsuccessful.  A total of 0 snakes.
February 28, 2006
Partly Cloudy   64°

I had to keep my consecutive months with a snake streak alive, so off to my spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  After I long walk, I see a large black rat snake sticking his head out of a rock crevice.  I then noticed an eastern garter snake just up the hill.   A total of 2 snakes.
March 01, 2006
Partly Cloudy   75°

I felt the need for a snake or several, so I hit one of my St. Charles County Missouri spots.  Immediately I saw a garter snake take off into the thick grass.  I never found him.  After an hour or so of no luck I looked down at my feet, and in the grass, was a mass of garter snakes.  It was a nice mating ball.  I counted five snakes trying to mate and several satellite snakes.  It was truly amazing.  The day eventually ended with all eastern garter snakes.  A total of 15 snakes.
March 09, 2006
Cloudy   64°
I still wanted to find some salamanders.  I went to my spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  I only found one dead ringed salamander.  However, I did photograph a spring peeper.  A total of 0 snakes.
March 24, 2006
Cloudy   41°

Back to St. Charles County Missouri for more salamandering.  After some tips on where a spotted salamander was, I went there and BINGO!  Finally a spotted salamander.  I had missed them breeding two years in a row.  I’m glad I final caught it.  After a photograph, I drove to a knew location and found another spotted salamander.  This was even prettier.  Lastly, within inches of the salamander, I found a western Chorus frog.  I wanted to see a chorus frog badly.  This was only the second western chorus frog I have seen in my life and the first I had the privilege of photographing.  It was a great day!  A total of 0 snakes.
March 26, 2006
Clear   54°

My brother, dad, and I headed to St. Charles County with hopes of finding some snakes.  I wanted to see if any copperheads were out yet.  The answer is no, but we still saw a few snakes including the first ring-necked snakes  and first western ribbon snake of the year.  The totals include:  8 prairie ring-necked snakes, 2 black rat snakes, 1 eastern yellow-bellied racer, 1 eastern garter snake, and 1 western ribbon snake.  A total of 13 snakes.
March 31, 2006
Clear   64°
I was in the Kansas City area chasing storms, so during our free time my dad and I herped.  We stayed in Jackson and Cass counties in Missouri.  We did OK.  We found 29 prairie ring-necked snakes (many of which were gravid), 1 black rat snake, and 1 DOR red-sided garter snake.  No tornadoes.  A total of 31 snakes.
April 01, 2006
Clear   80°
On the way back from a storm chase, the gang and I saw a DOR great plains rat snake in Barber County Kansas.  A total of 1 snake.
April 08, 2006
Partly Cloudy   52°
While cutting grass for a customer, I spied an eastern garter snake sunning himself.  A total of 1 snake.
April 09, 2006
Clear   63°
It is snake time in St. Charles County Missouri.  My brother, my dad and I were back at it again.  We had seen a couple black rat snakes and several prairie ring-necked snakes when I checked a copperhead den.  After scanning carefully, I finally found an adult viper coiled in the leaves.  As I was photographing him in situ, he exploded in defense, scaring me to death.  I worked fast and let him on his way.  That snake made me nervous.  He was too erratic and unpredictable for me.  We both left on a good note.  Later, I flipped a large piece of plywood and found two adult black rat snakes and an eastern yellow-bellied racer coiled together underneath.  We found one more adult black rat snake under a nearby board.  The totals are 6 black rat snakes, 4 prairie ring-necked snakes, 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, and 2 osage copperheads.  A total of 14 snakes.
April 14, 2006
Mostly Sunny   80°
My brother and I hit one of my St. Charles County Missouri spots today in hopes of finding a grahams crayfish snake.  We didn’t find the crayfish snake, but we did flip our first water snakes of the year.  We found 4 northern water snakes and 2 eastern garter snakes.  A total of 6 snakes.
April 15, 2006
Cloudy   82°
My mom and I decided to herp Jefferson County Missouri.  She needed the exercise and I needed a milk snake.  After finding a couple of ring-necked snakes, I flipped a rock and found a juvenile speckled kingsnake.  After the photo session, my mom flipped the next snake, another juvenile speckled kingsnake.  Two kings in a row.  How about another!  My mom answers with the hat trick by shouting, “Ryan.  Milk Snake!”  I was stoked.  After a great photo session and cleaning my camera lens of snake feces, we moved on.  What would snake number 4 be.  I answered my own question when I looked under a rock my mom lifted and found an earth snake.  I checked closely to see if it was the lifer I have been waiting for a couple of years.  Five liabel scales later and a smile across my face, we put the rough earth snake back under his rock.  We continued on.  I said, “that looks like a good milk snake rock.”  Apparently the milk snake under it thought so too.  This was my first multi-milk snake day.  After releasing it back, we continued.  The last significant find was a sub-adult racer.  This was the best outing of the year so far.  The numbers go something like this:  12 prairie ring-necked snakes, 4 lined snakes, 2 speckled kingsnakes, 2 red milk snakes, 1 eastern yellow-bellied racer, and 1 rough earth snake.  A total of 22 snakes.
April 22, 2006 
Partly Cloudy  81°
Was at my grandparent’s home in Warren County Missouri, so I had to herp.  While Kyle and I herped I pointed to a rock and said, “Milk snake rock.”  Underneath was an adult milk snake.  That is twice in a row that I have called a milk snake.  The day ended with 16 prairie ring-necked snakes, 1 western ribbon snake, and 1 red milk snake.  A total of 18 snakes.
April 23, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  91°
While waiting for a storm to mature in Lincoln County Kansas, I decided to flip some rocks.  I found 1 prairie ring-necked snake and 1 Texas horned toad.  I really liked the horned toad.  No tornadoes.  A total of 1 snake.
April 27, 2006
Partly Cloudy  72°
Mike Cravens and I had decided to meet up at a spot in Jefferson County Missouri.  We wanted to find milk snakes and coachwhips, which we did not find. However, we did see a species we hadn't seen before at this spot.  I spotted a large copperhead at the edge of a large rock.  After pictures were taken, we let the snake go.  The next great find belonged to Mike.  He flipped the most beautiful copperhead I had ever seen under a rock.  The snake was as pink as you will ever see.  We spent a while photographing him and then we let him go.  The last major find was a nice juvenile speckled kingsnake.  The totals include:  6 western worm snakes, 5 prairie ring-necked snakes, 4 lined snakes, 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 2 osage copperheads, and a speckled kingsnake.  A total of 20 snakes.
May 06, 2006
Partly Cloudy  66°
While at my grandparent's house in Warren County Missouri, my brother and I spent some time looking for some herps.  It wasn’t an eventful day.  My favorite find was a very large male broad-headed skink.  The totals include 6 prairie ring-necked snakes, 1 northern water snake, and 1 northern water snake.  A total of 8 snakes.
May 13, 2006
Cloudy  57°
Again, my brother and I herped at my grandparent's house in Warren County Missouri.  Once again, not much was found, but it was an enjoyable event.  I did manage to find my first woodhouse’s toad in several years.  Also seen were 6 prairie ring-necks snakes.  A total of 6 snakes.
May 14, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  63°
Mike Cravens, my brother Kyle, and I met up in Farmington and then headed to a location in Wayne County Missouri.  We were hoping to score a pygmy rattlesnake.  However, knowing it was a long shot, we didn’t get our hopes up.  We started around noon.  The first couple of hours were extremely slow.  We herped prime habitat and only managed to find a couple of flat-headed snakes and a ring-necked snake.  We were really griping about our bad luck when I picked up a small rock and noticed a nice juvenile speckled kingsnake coiled underneath.  We were pleased with this.  Thinking it may be a fluke, we continued.  We started complaining again, this time about how we weren’t finding any milk snakes.  However, Mike’s foot moved a small rock and coiled underneath was a neonate red milk snake.  After photographing and releasing the snake we decided it would be in our best interest to flip a couple more of the nearby rocks.  A few rocks later another juvenile milk snake.  The three of us were thinking, “What is going on.  Well, our spirits were lifted, so we continued.  The speckled kingsnake apparently jump started the rest of the day for us.  As soon as we got to our goal location we found a couple of small eastern yellow-bellied racers.  While Mike was photographing the second racer, I continued looking.  Kyle and I saw a good looking rock.  I got this rush of feeling, like I know there is something cool under there.  I didn’t know it at the time, but Kyle had the same feeling.  Upon lifting the rock, I saw a flash of red on the left side and a brown patterned snake on the right side.  A couple of seconds later, I was holding a red milk snake and a beautiful great plains rat snake.  On the way back to the car to head home we flipped our fourth and last milk snake of the day.  It turned out to be the prettiest of the four milks.  Our dead day turned into an outstanding day.  No pygmy’s, but I look forward to returning.  The totals are 7 flat-headed snakes, 4 red milk snakes, 2 prairie ring-necked snakes, 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 1 speckled kingsnake, and 1 great plains rat snake.  A total of 17 snakes.
May 17, 2006
Scattered Clouds  77°
I started my first day of work today in St. Charles County Missouri.  While walking a field, I saw a black rat snake and an eastern yellow-bellied racer.  A total of 2 snakes.
May 18, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  73°
While working, I saw  three eastern yellow-bellied racers.  A total of 3 snakes.
May 19, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  84°
Saw a northern water snake at work today.  A total of 1 snake.
May 21, 2006
Sunny  85°
Mike Cravens, Brian Willy, my brother, my dad, and I decided to hit a new area in Maries County Missouri.  We got there and shortly found our target area.  Within minutes we had found several ring-necked snakes, a worm snake, and a stunning copperhead.  We continued to the next area.  It wasn’t long before we turned up a couple of milk snakes.  Through the course of the day, we turned up several ring-necked snakes, flat-headed snakes, rough earth snakes, and milk snakes.  The last find of the day was another beautiful copperhead.  The totals include 23 prairie ring-necked snakes, 7 red milk snakes, 5 flat-headed snakes, 3 rough earth snakes, 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 2 osage copperheads, 1 western worm snake,  1 speckled kingsnake, and 1 juvenile great plains rat snake.  This may be the best outing of the year.  A total of 45 snakes.
May 22, 2006
Scattered Clouds  82°
I saw 3 eastern yellow-bellied racers and a black rat snake today at work.  A total of 4 snakes.
May 23, 2006
Scattered Clouds  80°
Dustin, my brother and co-worker spotted a nice juvenile prairie kingsnake at work today.  We later saw a black rat snake.  A total of 2 snakes.
May 25, 2006
Scattered Clouds  91°
We found a black rat snake at work today.  A total of 1 snake.
May 26, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  90°
Saw an eastern yellow-bellied racer at work today.  A total of 1 snake.

May 27, 2006
Clear  93°
Brian Stertz, my dad and I spent today in Holt County Missouri looking for snakes.  We found a black rat snake and a prairie ring-necked snake early on.  We then decided to road cruise.  Around 10:00p.m. I noticed a white snake in the road.  Getting out I noticed that it was a timber rattlesnake.  It was a great night.  A total of 3 snakes.
May 28, 2006
Clear 93°
Went back to the spot in Holt County Missouri today.  We saw 5 diamond-backed water snakes, 3 red-sided garter snakes, 1 northern water snake, a DOR bull snake, and a DOR western fox snake.  A total of 11 snakes.
May 29, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  92°
Saw a black rat snake at work today.  A total of 1 snake.
May 30, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  89°
Again I saw a black rat snake at work today.  A total of 1 snake.
May 31, 2006
Overcast  74°
While trimming at work, I found an eastern yellow-bellied racer and a smooth earth snake.  A total of two snakes.
June 02, 2006
Scattered Clouds  83°
Today I saw an eastern yellow-bellied racer dart into the thick grass at work.  A total of 1 snake. 
June 05, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  81°
I saw an eastern yellow-bellied racer today at work.  A total of 1 snake.
June 06, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  83°
I got an eastern yellow-bellied racer off the road at work today.  A total of 1 snake.
June 07, 2006
Partly Cloudy  88°
Saw two prairie ring-necked snakes and a DOR midland brown snake at work today.  A total of 2 snakes.
June 09, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  89°
Observed an eastern garter snake today at work.  A total of 1 snake.
June 12, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  74°
While walking a wooded hillside, I spotted a large northern red-bellied snake.  A total of 1 snake.
June 15, 2006
Scattered Clouds  89°
During work, my coworker Josh spotted a neonate osage copperhead.  It was a nice find.  A total of 1 snake.
June 19, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  91°
While hiking around at work, I hear my coworker Matt say "A snake darted under a rock".  He said he thought it was a copperhead.  Well, I just had to look under the rock.  It turned out not to be a copperhead.  Under the rock was a buzzing juvenile timber rattlesnake.  After a photo session we let the snake go and we went back to work.  Also seen were 2 prairie ring-necked snakes and an eastern garter snake.  A total of 4 snakes.
June 21, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  95°
Work brought us to the top of a bluff today.  There were a lot of good looking crevices and rocks up here.  One crevice really looked appealing.  I was picturing a beautiful adult timber rattlesnake coiled underneath it.  Wait a minute!  That snake isn’t mental.  It’s real!  I had found my second timber rattlesnake in three days.  The snake was on his way shortly after pictures were collected.  A total of 1 snake.
June 23, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  88°
My dad, brother, and I decided to road cruise in Monroe County Illinois.  The night was very slow.  The only snake turned out to be a midwest worm snake of all things.  A total of 1 snake.
June 24, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  86°
While at my grandparent’s house in Warren County Missouri, I found a small variety of things.  There was nothing of much interest snake-wise except for 11 prairie ring-necked snakes and 2 large common snapping turtles.  Snapping turtles aren’t too common there, so those were a treat.  A total of 11 snakes.
June 26, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  78°
While picking up debris from a previous storm at work, I found a couple of nice boards.  Under one of the boards were three large western ribbon snakes.  A total of 3 snakes.
June 27, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  83°
I decided to check the board again.  Only one of the western ribbon snakes remained.  Also saw a snake dart into some thick cover.  I wasn’t able to get an identification on it.  I suspect it was an eastern garter snake.  A total of 2 snakes.
June 28, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  90°
While at work, I spotted a black rat snake basking on a log.  A total of 1 snake.
July 01, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  95°
I herped my grandparent’s property in Warren County Missouri again today.  I found 7 prairie ring-necked snakes, a northern water snake, and a midland brown snake.  A total of 9 snakes.
July 05, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  83°
Again, we were walking in the forest when my coworker Josh says, “There is a snake and I almost stepped on it”.  I was surprised to find that it was the third timber rattlesnake of the summer.  Unfortunately, it had a broken neck.  The good news is, the snake was healthy as could be.  The snake had no problem surviving.  After a photo session, we let the snake on its way.  A total of 1 snake.
July 09, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  92°
Mike Cravens and I decided it was time to find an ozark hellbender in Howell County Missouri.  I had never seen one before so I was very excited.  We started our search early.  The water was cold, so I stayed in the shallow water.  All that in and out of the water stuff gives me heart attacks.  Anyway, certain people in the group said I wouldn’t find any in the shallow water.  Within the hour, I proved them wrong.  In two feet of water, I turned a rock and noticed the adult hellbender underneath.  I was excited.  They are magnificent animals.  This has to be my favorite find of the year.  Mike later got a hellbender in deeper water.  This one was bigger and missing a couple feet.  Also seen along the river were common map turtles, sculptins, an armadillo, and a midland brown snake.  Later that night, we road cruised in Taney County Missouri in hopes of finding a western pygmy rattlesnake.  That wasn’t to be.  We did find a nicely colored southern copperhead.  A total of 2 snakes.
July 10, 2006
Overcast  85°
Mike Cravens and I found ourselves in Taney and Stone Counties in Missouri.  We were looking for a grey-bellied salamanders.  We didn’t have any luck, but we did find an eastern yellow-bellied racer that actually lived up to it’s name.  It had a yellow belly.  A total of 1 snake.
July 15, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  96°
I again herped my grandparent’s property in Warren County Missouri.  All that was found were 2 prairie ring-necked snakes.  A total of 2 snakes.
July 22, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  85°
At my grandparent’s house in Warren County Missouri, I flipped a fiberglass board and found a nice red milk snake underneath.  Later I learned that I found the same snake last year.  Also found were 6 prairie ring-necked snakes.  A total of 7 snakes.
July 24, 2006
Partly Cloudy  91°
While scaling a hill at work, I notice a snake coiled up under an outcropping.  It was a red milk snake.  It was a dandy one at that.  It had large red blotches and thick black outlines.  After some photos, I sent the snake on his way.  A total of 1 snake.
August 03, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  91°
I saw a black rat snake at work today.  A total of 1 snake.
August 04, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  92°
I saw a black rat snake and an eastern yellow-bellied racer at work today.  A total of 2 snakes.
August 07, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  95°
Not much to report at work today.  I spotted a neonate northern red-bellied snake crawling through the leaf litter.  A total of 1 snake.
August 08, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  88°
While walking a trail at work, I saw a racer take off into the forest.  A total of 1 snake.
August 11, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  89°
After a morning of working, we came back to lunch with a surprise.  One of my colleagues had brought back a 3 foot osage copperhead that he had accidentally killed with a tractor.  Dang! Later that day my boss said I could spend the rest of my work time checking out the glade.  So  the gang and I looked around.  Matt then spotted a nice osage copperhead coiled up under a crevice.  That was a great way to end my summer job.  A total of 1 snake.
August 13, 2006
Overcast  91°
Mike Cravens wanted to meet up and do some herping in St. Charles County Missouri and Jersey County Illinois.  We later meet up with Bill ? and herped a while longer.  Not an impressive day, but we found a few things.  We found 3 eastern garter snakes and a juvenile eastern yellow-bellied racer.  A total of 4 snakes.
August 20, 2006
Overcast  91°
Brian and I met up with Wayne and Bill in Montgomery county Missouri.  It was hot and we didn’t see anything.  At the end of the day I collapsed of dehydration.  It wasn’t a fun day.  But I recovered.  A total of 0 snakes.
August 27, 2006
Overcast  91°
Kyle and I just had to get out!  It had been a while since we had herped.  The high temperatures lately have kept us indoors.  We decided to nail Jefferson County Missouri today.  There was a lot of effort put into today with little reward.  We got one lined snake and one nice speckled kingsnake.  A total of 2 snakes.
August 28, 2006
Overcast  91°
Mike and I decided to road cruise for snakes in Monroe and Randolf COunties in Illinois.  Not much was found, but I was very happy.  We saw a midland brown snake, diamond-backed water snake, and a prairie kingsnake, which made the trip worth it.  We also saw a DOR black rat snake and a DOR northern copperhead.  A total of 5 snakes.
September 02, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  85°
I herped my grandparents property in Warren County Missouri today.  It was hot and very dry so not much was found.  I did find a newly metamorphed ringed salamander.  I was stoked with this find.  I also saw two prairie ring-necked snakes.  A total of 2 snakes.
September 03, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  85°
Kyle and I herped in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties Missouri today.  Not much was seen.  I did find my first St. Louis County red-backed salamander.  Also seen were 7 prairie ring-necked snakes, 1 morthern water snake, and 1 western ribbon snake.  A total of 9 snakes.
September 04, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  85°
Kyle, my dad and I met Mike at a spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  It was again warm and extremely dry.  All that could be had was 4 northern water snakes.  A total of 4 snakes.
September 09, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  85°
I again herped my Grandparent’s property in Warren County Missouri.  I found another newly metamorphed ringed salamander.  I also found 8 ring-necked snakes and 1 northern water snake.  A total of 9 snakes.
September 10, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  85°
My father and I went out to Jersey County Illinois.  I was thrilled to flip a nice red milk snake under a sheet of tin.  I also saw an eastern garter snake, a northern ring-necked snake, and a DOR northern copperhead.  A total of 4 snakes.
September 15, 2006
Light Rain  81°

I met Mike at a spot in Jefferson County Missouri.  We had a descent day.  We found 4 prairie ring-necked snakes, 3 lined snakes, i eastern yellow-bellied racer, 1 juvenile speckled kingsnake, 1 red milk snake, and a great plains rat snake.  A total of 11 snakes.
September 16, 2006
Partly Cloudy  93°

While driving through Iowa, we saw a snake in the road.  When I got to him it turned out to be a western fox snake.  Later in the day we got two nice tornadoes.  A total of 1 snake.
September 17, 2006
Light Rain  82°
While driving back from Kansas city, we stopped at various locations.  The first snake, found in Pettis County Missouri, was the most beautiful speckled kingsnake I have ever seen in my life.  The speckles were bright banana yellow.  We ended the day at one of my spots in St. Charles County Missouri.  We found 7 priarie ring-necked snakes, 1 juvenile osage copperhead, 3 DOR black rat snakes, and 1 DOR prairie kingsnake.  A total of 13 snakes.
September 23, 2006
Overcast  76°
While doing homework at my home in St. Louis County Missouri, my brother says there is a snake in the backyard.  I get out there to see a nice eastern garter snake coiled up in the yard.  A total of 1 snake.
September 24, 2006
Overcast  65°
Kyle and I decided to herp Montgomery County Missouri today.  We had a good day.  We found 7 prairie ring-necked snakes, 4 flat-headed snakes, 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 1 western ribbon snake, a four foot speckled kingsnake, and a DOR rough green snake.  A total of 16 snakes.
September 29, 2006
  Clear 73°
My dad and I were going to LaRue this weekend, so we decided to road cruise on the way down there in Monroe County Illinois.  We only saw one live snake.  That was a juvenile black rat snake.  We encountered several DOR’s.  They include 2 midland brown snakes, a black rat snake, a smooth earth snake, a rough green snake and a prairie kingsnake.  It was a depressing night.  A total of 7 snakes.
September 30, 2006
  Clear 75°
The next day we looked for snakes in Jackson and Union Counties in Illinois.  However it was cold in the morning so Mike Cravens, who I met up with, and I hope to find a western lesser siren.  We lucked out with our new lifelister.  We got two of them.  Later at Larue, My dad and I herped with Bill Rudden.  The day started slow, but picked up.  We didn’t find anything spectacular, but it was fun nonetheless.  Our totals include 25 western cottonmouths, 6 western ribbon snakes, 3 yellow-bellied water snakes, 1 midland brown snake, and 1 midwest worm snake.  A total of 36 snakes.
October 01, 2006
  Clear 82°
I’m at LaRue Road again today.  Today would be much better than yesterday.  Early in the morning I discovered a mississippi ring-necked snake.  The temperature was in the 40’s.  I was hoping to see a copperhead, timber rattlesnake, mud snake, and green water snake today.  It was almost a perfect day.  I missed the timber rattlesnake by less than an hour.  While walking the road, I ran into Warren Wazuk and his gang.  He said he had just seen a copperhead.  He took me to the spot, and true to his word there it was.  I was happy.  He then took time out of his day to show me where he had seen two timber rattlesnakes earlier in the day.  They weren’t there when I arrived, as I expected.  Soon I was blessed with a call from my dad.  He found a small western mud snake coiled up on the road.  When I arrived  the mud snake was there along with a couple of mississippi green water snakes.  Mike Cravens, Scott Albert, Brian Willy and a friend of theirs were on the scene when I arrived.  We had a nice photo session then continued.  The last significant find was another copperhead.  The totals include 28 western cottonmouths, 7 rough green snakes, 6 yellow-bellied water snakes, 2 mississippi green water snakes, 2 southern copperheads, 1 eastern garter snake, 1 mississippi ring-necked snake, 1 southern black racer, 1 black rat snake, and a western mud snake.  Thanks to all who helped me on my quest.  Glad to meet everyone again.  A total of 50 snakes.
October 07, 2006
Clear 73°
My dad, brother Kyle, and I headed down to Wayne and Stoddard Counties Missouri to herp.  While driving down, I stopped at a tin site in St. Francios County Missouri and found an eastern yellow-bellied racer.  Continuing down I noticed a skinny snake on the black topped road.  It was a nice rough green snake.  By time we got to our location it was the end of the day.  Not much was seen.  The totals include 3 broad-banded water snakes.  Also seen were a DOR broad-banded water snake and a DOR western cottonmouth.  A total of 7 snakes.
October 08, 2006
Clear  75°
We stayed in southern Missouri to herp today.  Today was better.  Unfortunately, the day got kicked off with a beautiful DOR western mud snake.  Not much else was seen for the next couple of hours.  We then started walking the bluffs.  We saw 14 western cottonmouths and 5 broad-banded water snakes.  A total of 20 snakes.
October 13, 2006
Clear  60°
While at my grandparent’s in Warren County Missouri, I saw 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers and a prairie ring-necked snake.  Also seen was a newly metamorphed ringed salamander.  A total of 3 snakes.
October 18, 2006
Overcast  66°
I went to my spot in St. Charles County Missouri to look for salamanders.  Early on I found a nice spotted salamander.  Then while driving to the next location, I saw a stick stretched out in the road, or was it?  It was a juvenile prairie kingsnake.  I was stoked.  I wasn’t expecting to see a snake today let alone one that I rarely see when I am looking for them.  I finished the day with two ringed salamanders.  A total of 1 snake.
October 21, 2006
Mostly Cloudy  65°
I was looking for salamanders at my grandparents property in Warren County Missouri.  I found only one, but it was a nice one.  It was a brightly colored young ringed salamander.  No snakes though.  A total of 0 snakes.
October 22, 2006
Partly Cloudy  48°
I decided to go with Mike Cravens to look for Small-mouthed salamanders in St. Louis County Missouri.  After a while of searching we found three in close proximity to each other.  We then failed to find anymore.  We did find a dead midland brown snake and three live eastern garter snakes.  Two were rolled under logs and one was on the move in the open.  The temperature was pretty cold, so I was very surprised.  As Mike Pingleton stated, “Snakes are where you find them.”  A total of 4 snakes.
October 29, 2006
Clear  70°
The temperature was warm so my brother Kyle and I met my dad at my spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  We immediately started finding stuff.  I saw a racer shoot down the hill.  I followed the snake with my eyes until it disappeared.  I then looked back at where the snake was startled from.  There was another snake, a colorful snake.  All I remember is looking in my hand and seeing a large speckled kingsnake.  This was a new species for me at this location.  I have now gotten all the Lampropeltis that occur in the area.  After photographs, we continued.  I headed to a copperhead den that I know of, seeing snakes on my way there.  When I got there, sure enough a copperhead had his head poking out of the crevice.  I then noticed a second one tucked in the crevice farther back.  It was a great day.  The totals are 6 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 4 eastern garter snakes, 2 black rat snakes, 2 osage copperheads, 1 prairie ring-necked snake, 1 western ribbon snake, 1 northern water snake, and a speckled kingsnake.  A total of 18 snakes.
November 09, 2006
Scattered Clouds  75°

I decided to hit my spot in St. Charles County, Missouri solo.  Nothing appeared to be out.  I saw two snakes in crevices.  One was an osage copperhead and the other was an eastern yellow-bellied racer.  However, it was good to be out.  A total of 2 snakes.
November 25, 2006
 Mostly Cloudy  71°
It was suppose to be in the 70’s today so, my brother and I decided to hit my spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  We first noticed an eastern yellow-bellied racer sunning about 30 feet up on a bluff face.  The next snake was an eastern garter snake as it bolted through the leaf litter.  I then noticed an osage copperhead poking his head out of a crevise.  The next site also had a juvenile copperhead soaking up the sun as well as an eastern yellow-bellied racer.  The last significant  snake find was a black rat snake on the move.  We then decided to spend a little time looking for some salamanders.  We found two large spotted salamanders.  It was a good day.  Our totals are 3 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 2 black rat snakes, 2 osage copperheads, and an eastern garter snake.  A total of 8 snakes.
December 16, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  65°
My dad and I visited my spot in St. Charles County, Missouri and met up with Brian Willey and his dad for some herping.  The weather seemed approving, but we found zero snakes after hunting for several hours..    Brian and his father parted ways and we traveled to another St. Charles County spot to do some salamander hunting with some success.   A total of 0 snakes.
December 28, 2006
 Scattered Clouds  63°
My dad and I visited my spot in St. Charles County, Missouri with the thought in mind it may be the last opportunity of the year.  Also on the line today was my current streak of consecutive months in a row seeing a snake in its natural habitat.  I was not about to let that go without an all out effort.  The all out effort is exactly what it took to finally come up with a single snake today, a black rat snake,  set well back in a crevice.   At least the streak continues.   A total of 1 snake.



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