2007 Snake Summary Page

This will be my detailed description page of all of my snake trips. 

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 Date / Conditions
Summary
March 01, 2007
Scattered Clouds 68°
I decided to make my first herp trip of the year.  The off season was long, so I was ready to get out and cure my cabin fever.  I was hoping to photograph some frogs and salamanders.  While in route to my location in St. Charles County Missouri, the temperature was warmer than I had thought, so  I decided to check some snake dens that I know of.  It didnít take long to find a few snakes.  I found three eastern garter snakes and one black rat snake in about fifteen minutes of looking.  The rat snake was in a crevice.  Later in the day, I found northern spring peepers, a bull frog, and a spotted salamander.  This was a great way to kick off the new year.  A total of 4 snakes.
March 09, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 70°
The weather was great, so my sister Melissa and I decided to get out and find a snake or two in St. Charles County Missouri.  I was hoping the nice weather would trigger some mating activity.  I wouldnít be disappointed.  On the way there we saw a DOR eastern garter snake.  This was a good sign that the snakes were active.  The day started with a snake here and a snake there.  Then I came up to a couple of mating pairs.  The day kept getting better.  The highlight occurred around 2:00 PM, when I saw 5 snakes coiled together near a mating pair.  When the day was over my sister and I had tallied 21 live eastern garter snakes and one DOR.  A total of 22 snakes.
March 11, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 70°

My dad and I decided to take advantage of the warm weather and head out to my spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  The day started out somewhat slow, but the number of sitings became more frequent.  While looking near a rock outcropping, I hear my dad say, ďThere are a couple of garter snakes here.  Upon closer inspection, I noticed there wasnít two, but seven garter snakes in a mating ball.  We also saw a pair of ribbon snakes mating.  The totals include 7 eastern garter snakes, 3 black rat snakes, 2 western ribbon snakes, 1 eastern yellow-bellied racer, and 1 prairie ring-necked snake.  Also seen were 3 spotted salamanders and several wood frogs.  A total of 14 snakes.
March 23, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 71°
My dad, Kyle, Melissa and I decided to take an early trip down to LaRue in Union county Illinois to see what was moving.  We didnít get down there till late so no snakes were seen.  I was able to photograph American toads, spring peepers, leopard frogs, and zig zag salamanders.  A total of 0 snakes.
March 24, 2007
Mostly Sunny 79°
We started the day early at LaRue.  We immediately started finding cottonmouths migrating across the road.  The diversity increased as the day went along.  The first find that got me really excited was a big girthy black kingsnake found coiled up at the base of the bluff.  The snake was obviously right out of hibernation.  After getting photos that werenít that great because of the snakeís uncooperative nature, I released it.  A couple hours later, I heard some guys yelling in excitement.  I figured some guy had seen his first cottonmouth.  I didnít think much of it.  I then heard a guy talking about a rattlesnake.  I asked the guy why he had mentioned a rattlesnake.  He said, someone had just released a timber rattlesnake off the road.  I went down to the release point and luck was on my side.  I found the big 4 foot plus timber crawling over a log.  The snake coiled and I photographed it quickly.  The snake was then sent on his way.  Later, I peered into a crevice and found two more timber rattlesnakes.  I was able to get one out quickly without hurting it.  The snake was near the entrance, so I was able to get it to crawl out on its own power.  This was a great spring day.  I have seen 8 timber rattlesnakes at LaRue, 7 of them were found in March.  The totals include 22 western cottonmouths, 9 western ribbon snakes, 7 black rat snakes, 6 yellow-bellied water snakes, 6 Mississippi ring-necked snakes, 3 timber rattlesnakes, 1 eastern garter snake, 1 rough green snake, and 1 black kingsnake.  A total of 56 snakes.
March 25, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 86°
My dad and I were too tired to stay at LaRue so we came home early.  After a good night of rest, we decided to visit my spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  The first snake was an adult speckled kingsnake out basking.  Later on, we found two copperheads soaking up some sun.  We found 4 black rat snakes, 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 2 osage copperheads, 1 prairie ring-necked snake, and 1 speckled kingsnake today.  A total of 10 snakes.
March 28, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 76°
Mike Cravens and I wanted to find a massasauga today, so we headed over to a spot in Clinton County Illinois.  Before heading into Illinois we saw three dead lined snakes in St. Louis.  When we got to Illinois, it was cloudy so things werenít looking good.  The first snake was a rattlesnake coiled on top of a clump of grass.  That would be the last of the rattlesnakes today.  It rained sending many of the snakes back underground.  We saw 3 eastern garter snakes, 3 dead lined snakes and 1 eastern massasauga rattlesnake.  A total of 7 snakes.
April 02-03, 2007
Partly Cloudy 83°

Mike Cravens and I have wanted to find a plains spadefoot for a long time.  Mike called me up and said lets take a chance and look for them today.  I agreed after he pursuaded me.  When I arrived at Mikeís apartment, he told me where I could find a lined snake.  True to his word there it was along with a second one.  After the photo session, we were off to St. Charles County Missouri to look for the toad.  We got there and heard what we thought were the calls of many spadefoots.  We pin pointed the location of the calls in a flooded field a half mile from our location.  At least that is what we thought.  When we got out there, there were no calls being heard.  Spring peepers, chorus frogs, gray treefrogs, leopard frogs, cricket frogs, fowlers toads, and American toads were calling like crazy, but not a single spadefoot.  We walked back to the car disapointed.  We decided to listen again.  The chorus was heard again.  They had to be spadefoots, but why couldnít we find them?  After carefully listening, we concluded that the calling was coming from a different location up the road.  We finally found where they were calling from and a short time later the lifer in which the night was dedicated to.  We ended the night finding several spadefoots and getting pictures of many different species of frogs and toads.  This will be a night to remember.  A total of 2 snakes.
April 08, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 48°
I was excited about the prospects of visiting my grandparents in Warren County Missouri today.  However, a trip out there isnít complete without doing some herping.  It wasnít a spectacular day, but it temporarilly took care of my craving.  I found 12 prairie ring-necked snakes, and 2 northern water snakes.  A total of 14 snakes.
April 15, 2007
Scattered Clouds 59°
My dad and I wanted another shot at some rattlesnakes so we headed over to Clinton County Illinois for some herping.  We started off finding our goal snake, but that would be the highlight of the day.  It was a little disappointing, but it was still a fun outing.  We saw 3 eastern garter snakes and an eastern massasauge rattlesnake.  A total of 4 snakes.
April 21, 2007
Clear 72°

Brian Stertz, my dad, and I were driving all night long trying to get to the Texas panhandle so that we were in position to chase the storms during the afternoon.  By time we got to our destination, I was too tired to sleep (if that makes sense) so we decided to roadcruise for herps between 4:00 - 6:00 in the morning.  We had a good time and I got two lifelisters too.  We saw 2 plains spadefoots, 2 great plains toads, and a red spotted toad.  The heartbreaker was a beautiful DOR prairie rattlesnake.  A total of 1 snake.
April 22, 2007
Scattered Clouds 74°
We were still in the Texas panhandle waiting for the next dayís events.  This was an oppurtunity to herp the whole day.  I was able to get a few lifelisters as well as a couple of snakes.  I was hoping to find a rattlesnake of some sort, but that wasnít to be.  My dad did manage to find my first ground snake.  It was a beautiful individual too.  The next find goes to Brian.  He spotted a nice big blotched water snake near a swollen creek.  I finally got to see this species.  I have been within range numerous times without ever encountering this animal.  I was due.  We ended the day seeing a DOR desert kingsnake.  A total of 3 snakes.
April 28, 2007
Partly Cloudy 78°
Finally I get to get out and herp one of my spots.  I have been so busy chasing storms or doing school work that I have had no time to herp.  Jim Scharoash decided to meet up with me and try his luck at a crayfish snake.  Luckily for us, we found a couple of examples.  The one we got to photograph was badly opaque and not the best example to photograph, but it was still a great find.  We later headed over to a spot in Jersey County Illinois.  We flipped tin after tin for about 40 minutes without luck.  The very last sheet of tin produced a nice red milk snake.  It was a great day.  Thanks Jim!  It was nice herping with you.  We saw 3 northern ring-necked snakes, 3 diamond-backed water snakes, 3 northern water snakes, 3 eastern garter snakes,  2 grahamís crayfish snakes, 1 midwest worm snake, and 1 red milk snake.  A total of 16 snakes. 
May 04, 2007
Light Rain 68°
My friend Sarah and I decided to see what snakes we could find in the pouring rain.  We decided to hit my spot in Jersey County Illinois.  All we found were 3 ring-necked snakes.  That was ok because Sarah thought they were neat animals.  I also have to say that I saw a ring-necked snake do something that I have never seen before.  The snake bit me and drew blood.  A total of 3 snakes.
May 05, 2007
Scattered Clouds 78°
While chasing in Kansas we saw many DOR snakes.  They were everywhere.  I only identified 3 bull snakes and one prairie kingsnake.  The only live snake was a bull snake.  Shortly after the bull snake sighting we  were witnessing a night time tornado.  A total of 4 snakes.
May 06, 2007
Overcast 71°
While in route to northwest Texas we stopped for a DOR bullsnake.  Later I flipped a nice prairie ring-necked snake in Oklahoma.  We saw many DOR / AOR snakes but we were unable to stop for identification.  A total of 2 snakes.
May 09, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 85°

Mike Cravens and I decided to do some herping in St. Francois County Missouri.  It was a great day.  We started the day flipping trash and finding my first Missouri collard lizards at a state park.  Later in the day, we hit a tin site.  Under a piece of tin we saw a beautiful great plains rat snake in the process of heading underneath the tin.  We also collected about 100 ticks a piece.  While in route to our next spot, we found a rough green snake and an eastern yellow-bellied racer crossing the road.  Our last stop of the day took us into the mountains.  Our first find was a nice red milk snake.  While shooting the milk, we decided to flip the rock we were photographing the snake on.  Underneath was another red milk snake.  This one was opaque and difficult to photograph.  Our last find was the best red milk snake of the day.  It was a little agressive but it was beautiful.  We saw 4 red milk snakes, 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 2 prairie ring-necked snakes, 2 western worm snakes, 2 flat-headed snakes, 1 rough green snake, 1 great plains rat snake.  We also saw 2 DOR eastern yellow-bellied racers, 2 DOR osage copperheads, and a DOR black rat snake.  A total of 19  snakes.
May 11, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 82°
My family went to see the flooded river in St. Charles County Missouri.  While we were there, we saw 4 northern water snakes and an eastern garter snake.  A total of 5 snakes.
May 12, 2007
Partly Cloudy 82°
While at my grandparentís property in Warren County Missouri, I spent a good part of the day herping.  I found 12 prairie ring-necked snakes and 2 water snakes.  A total of 14 snakes.
May 13, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 78°
My dad and I decided to scope out new herping areas in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties Missouri.  No live snakes were seen.  We did see a DOR black rat snake and a DOR eastern yellow-bellied racer.  A total of 2 snakes.
May 16, 2007
Partly Cloudy 72°

I decided to take advantage of a beautiful day and herp a spot in Jefferson County Missouri.  I started the day by running into Bill Rudden.  It was good seeing you again Bill!  After herping with him for a few minutes we parted ways because he had to go home.  It was a good day.  I started by finding ring-necked snakes and racers.  Then I flipped a nice neonate red milk snake.  After a difficult photo session I continued.  A couple rocks later I uncovered a goergous copperhead.  I finished the day by finding a nice speckled kingsnake.  I saw 3 prarie ring-necked snakes, 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 1 lined snake, 1 red milk snake, 1 speckled kingsnake and 1 osage copperhead.  A total of 9 snakes.       
May 17, 2007
Scattered Clouds 65°
Brian Willy and I decided to do some herping in Washington and Jefferson Counties in Missouri.  We started the day finding two rough earth snakes.  However, we spent majority of the rest of the day finding just one more rough earth snake.  However, we did find several collard lizards.  We then decided to hit one last spot on the way home.  Things were still slow but we found an eastern yellow-bellied racer, a DOR black rat snake, and I flipped a nice speckled kingsnake.  A total of 6 snakes.
May 18, 2007
Clear 69°
While helping my grandpa with work in Warren County Missouri I saw a prarie ring-necked snake and a northern water snake.  A total of 2 snakes
May 19, 2007
Clear 77°
While at my grandparentís property in Warren County Missouri I found a prairie ring-necked snake and a midland brown snake.  A total of 2 snakes.
May 23, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 87°
After my job interview with the Missouri Department of Conservation, I stopped off at one of my spots in St. Charles County Missouri.  Not much to report other than a couple of prairie ring-necked snakes and an eastern yellow-bellied racer.  It was a nice day nonetheless.  I even got the job working for the fisheries department.  A total of 3 snakes.
May 26, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 86°
While at my grandparentís house, I flipped two prairie ring-necked snakes under a board.  A total of 2 snakes.
May 28, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 83°
My dad, sister, and I decided to visit a spot in St. Louis County Missouri.  The first few finds of the day proved to be the highlights.  While walking on top of a bluff I spied two adult timber rattlesnakes coiled together in the grass.  They were both opaque, which made it easier to photograph.  They didnít seem bothered by our presence.  After the photo session, I was climbing back up the bluff when I saw another familiar, but very welcome snake.  A three foot speckled kingsnake was stretched out at the base of the bluff.  It didnít take long to realize that this was the prettiest speckled king I have ever seen in my life.  The snake also proved to be the most aggressive king I have ever run across.  The rest of the day would hand out 5 prairie ring-necked snakes and a northern water snake.  A total of 9 snakes.
June 01, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 85°
On my first day of work, I discovered a nice adult female eastern spiny softshell turtle laying eggs on the side of the road.  This was a nice way to start my summer with the Missouri Department  of Conservation.  A total of 0 snakes.
June 03, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 78°
While at my grandparentís property, I turned up 4 prairie ring-necked snakes and a northern water snake.  A total of 5 snakes.
June 07, 2007
Clear xx°
While chasing a storm in northern Oklahoma my party stopped to photograph a nice prairie kingsnake that was making its way across the road.  We also saw a DOR black rat snake.  A total of 2 snakes.
June 08, 2007
Clear xx°
Thanks to Chad, my dad, Brian, and I had a location to herp in Johnson County Kansas to kill an afternoon.  The first find was a prairie ring-necked snake, followed closely by only my second great plains toad ever.  The day ended with a large red-sided garter snake.  It was a good day and thanks again to Chad for the help.  A total of 2 snakes.
June 09, 2007
Scattered Clouds xx°
My dad, Brian, and I decided to hit a location in Holt County Missouri.  While we were there we found 7 northern water snakes, 1 prairie ring-necked snake, 1 western ribbon snake, and 1 red-sided garter snake.  A total of 10 snakes.
June 22, 2007
Scattered Clouds 92°
My mom, Melissa, Kyle, and I decided it would be a good night to road cruise in Monroe County Illinois.  The night was pretty slow.  We found a diamond-backed water snake, and a black rat snake that went from alive to DOR in the time it took us to turn around.  A total of 2 snakes.
June 23, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 88°
Matt and I hit one of my spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  It was hot and our luck was low.  We saw one northern water snake.  A total of 1 snake.
June 24, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 85°
At my grandparentís property in Warren County Missouri, I found a prairie ring-necked snake and an eastern garter snake.  A total of 2 snakes.
June 25, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 89°
While at work in Jefferson County Missouri, I saw another female eastern spiny softshell laying eggs on the sand bar.  Minutes later, I saw a juvenile spiny swimming in a creek  I also spotted a northern water snake later in the day.  A total of 1 snake.
June 30, 2007
Overcast 76°
I was at my grandparentsí again today.  While flipping rocks, Kyle and I found 3 prairie ring-necked snakes and a very gravid and pink midland brown snake.  A total of 4 snakes.
July 01, 2007
Overcast 80°
Matt, his brother, and I decided to herp a spot in St. Louis County Missouri.  The goal was to find a timber rattlesnake or two.  We first checked the spot that I had seen two basking earlier in the year.  As luck would have it there was still one there.  After the photo session, we continued on.  The next hour or so was spent finding four prairie ring-necked snakes and a nice midland brown snake.  Before we left we wanted to check a new spot for timbers.  We started the hike and soon found some good looking habitat.  The rocky escarpments looked great for timbers.  We looked the whole area over with no luck.  However, for what ever reason I rechecked one spot on the escarpment.  Matt was in front as he checked the ledge.  I was behind him checking the base of the ledge.  I was about to step my foot down into some thick grass when something moved.  I looked down to see a large timber rattlesnake coiling into a defense posture.  Matt had walked within a foot of it and I nearly stepped on it.  It is kind of scary when you think about it.  After the photo session we went home.  A total of 7 snakes.
July 14, 2007
Scattered Clouds 91°
My cousin Jessica and I had decided to look for timbers in Montgomery County Missouri.  While on my way to pick her up in Warren County Missouri, I spotted a rough green snake scooting across the road.  We arrived at our destination at around 11:00 AM.  The day started out slow and very hot.  We got to an area that looked good for vipers.  There were flat rocks and nice rock crevices everywhere.  In one of the rock crevices, I spotted two nice osage copperheads.  Photos were obtained and we moved on.  Later, I spotted another copperhead under an outcropping.  It was only a few seconds later that I noticed a second one in the next crevice over.  Again pictures were taken and we moved on.  No more snakes would present themselves.  However, we went home very satisfied.  A total of 5 snakes.
July 16, 2007
Scattered Clouds 91°
At work I saw a live northern water snake in one of the many lakes in the area.  Later, I came upon a DOA.  Obviously someone had killed it.  After work, I was scheduled to help one of the biologists track timber rattlesnakes by radio telemetry.  The first area we went two had two known individuals inhabiting the area.  It didnít take long to find them.  One was coiled underneath a large rock.  The other was in a crevice high on a bluff.  After that I showed everyone the timber that I had seen twice before.  It was still there.  We all eventually parted ways, but I wasnít quite ready to go home.  I checked a spot littered with rocks.  I would turn up 3 prairie ring-necked snakes and an eastern garter snake stretched across the trail.  it was a good day. A total of 9 snakes.
July 17, 2007
Overcast 85°
This day would be spent working out of town for a couple of days.  At the end of the day we found ourselves spending the night at a cabin in Crawford County Missouri.  The cabin was surrounded by woodlands.  Naturally I had to spend the evening herping.  As soon as we pulled into the driveway, I spotted a nice black rat snake.  A prairie ring-necked snake followed shortly.  I then headed up a hill and came to a power line cut.  The cut had several crevices which looked good for vipers.  I spotted a small shed skin from a speckled kingsnake and as I bent down to look at it i spotted an osage copperhead tucked in a crevice.  Upon closer inspection, I realized there were two of them.  I moved on and found one more copperhead on the power line cut.  It was a great evening.  A total of 5 snakes.

July 18, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 96°
While driving to our job site in Crawford County Missouri, I saw a large osage copperhead snaking its way across the road.  Later, I saw a small northern water snake.  A total of 2 snakes.
July 21, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 80°
Saw a prairie ring-necked snake at my grandparentís property in Warren County Missouri.  A total of 1 snake.
July 28, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 88°
My dad, Kyle, and i decided to try a new spot in St. Louis County Missouri.  We got to our location and soon set out.  It didnít take long to find our purpose for searching.  Tucked under the edge of a large rock was not one but two timber rattlesnakes.  The smaller one ducked under the rock, but the larger one slowly crawled around the edge of the rock.  This is when I realized the size of this animal.  The snake measured at least five feet in length and the girth was undescribable.  This mammoth rattlesnake had dwarfed any I had seen up to that point.  I was nervous.  I got my pictures while giving the snake some considerable distance.  We let the snake on its way and went home very happy.  A total of 2 snakes.
August 04, 2007
Clear, Hazy 95°
I headed out solo to a spot in St. Louis County Missouri.  I wanted to search for timber rattlesnake habitat.  I found three prairie ring-necked snakes early on.  The rest of the day was slow.  I checked a spot I saw a rattlesnake last time to see if it was still there.  The snake was indeed still there.  It was nice to search the area and find good habitat.  A total of 4 snakes.
August 18, 2007
Scattered Clouds 94°
While flipping boards at my grandparentsí in Warren County Missouri, I found a prairie ring-necked snake and a midland brown snake.  A total of 2 snakes.
August 19, 2007
Overcast 93°
Matt, my sister, and I decided to herp at one of my spots in Jersey County Illinois.  Not a lot of herps were seen but the ones we saw were well welcomed.  Matt started by flipping a juvenile blue racer under some tin.  Soon after that, I found a large northern copperhead coiled on an old house foundation.  It was a nice short outing.  A total of 2 snakes.
August 26, 2007
Scattered Clouds 86°
My dad and I headed back to the spot that I had found the mammoth rattlesnake a few weeks prior.  The day was very hot and humid and to make the uncomfortable day worse, there were no snakes.  I found one rattlesnake shed skin, but that was it.  On the way out I got a glimmer of luck and flipped a small eastern yellow-bellied racer.  A total of 1 snake.
September 01, 2007
Clear 86°
At my grandparentsí again to herp.  The day started out slow.  I had only seen a lonely prairie ring-necked snake up to this point.  As I was sitting down to eat dinner, I hear my sister shout that there was a milk snake crossing the trail.  I ran out to pick up one of the most beautiful red milk snake I have ever seen.  After countless photos were taken I released the animal.  I would end the night by finding 2 more prairie ring-necked snakes and a juvenile western ribbon snake.  A total of 5 snakes.
September 02, 2007
Clear 91°
My dad and I headed to a spot in Jefferson County Missouri.  We arrived at the location in the afternoon.  We were immediately greeted with a surprise.  Under a large rock I saw an adult timber rattlesnake.  It took a few seconds to realize just exactly what I was looking at.  With the adult were two newborn timbers.  Apparently the adult was a new mother.  This day has already cashed in more than what I was expecting.  However, the evening was just beginning.  Further along I spotted another adult timber rattlesnake at the edge of a large rock.  This time there were at least 6 newborn timber rattlesnakes balled around the adult.  I have never seen anything like this before.  Before the day was over, I spotted two more newborn timber rattlesnakes back in a crevice.  This was a day I will not forget for as long as I live.  This may have been a once in a lifetime experience.  A total of 12 snakes.

September 07, 2007
Hazy 84°
The day started out with me herping my grandparentís property in Warren County Missouri.  I found 2 prairie ring-necked snakes.  Later in the day, my dad, sister and I hit one of my spots in St. Charles County  Missouri.  We ended up finding 7 northern water snakes, 1 diamond-backed water snakes, and we ended the night by road cruising an eastern garter snake.  A total of 11 snakes.
September 09, 2007
Overcast 87°
Matt and I decided to start our herp trip in Jefferson County Missouri.  We were skunked on snakes so we moved on to a new location in Jefferson County.  Here we found a lined snake and a western worm snake.  A total of 2 snakes.
September 13, 2007
Partly Cloudy 84°
After school, my friend Nathan who was on leave from the military and I decided to spend the evening looking for snakes.  We went to one of my spots in Jersey County Illinois.  It didnít take long to find the first snake.  I flipped a piece of tin and noticed a small northern ring-necked snake darting away.  I was trying to grab it when I noticed that I put my hand within inches of a small northern copperhead.  I was so focused on the ring-necked snake that I didnít see the little viper under the tin.  After that close call, we moved on to another nearby location.  Here we found 2 juvenile blue racers and a small smooth earth snake.  A total of 5 snakes.
September 14, 2007
Partly Cloudy 72°
Found 2 prairie ring-necked snakes at my grandparentís house in Warren County Missouri.  A total of 2 snakes.
September 15, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 65°
My dad and I decided to spend the afternoon herping in Jefferson County Missouri.  The morning started out cold and slow.  I eventually caught a glimpse of an eastern yellow-bellied  racer.  The occasional snake made its appearance.  While lifting a rock something happened to me that has never happened to me before.  A yellow-bellied racer bit me from behind while I was lifting.  We left this location to catch the balloon race in St. Louis.  In St. Louis County i flipped a rock and found a lined snake.  The day ended with 2 eastern yellow-bellied racers, 2 lined snakes, 2 prairie ring-necked snakes, and 2 rough earth snakes.  A total of 8 snakes.
September 16, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 71°
Mike and I decided to head south to Reynolds County Missouri.  The weather was not cooperating.  It was cold, windy, and cloudy.  It was great habitat.  However, we were lucky to get an eastern yellow-bellied racer.  We also got a juvenile collard lizard.  A total of 1 snake.
September 21, 2007
Partly Cloudy 89°
Matt and I went road cruising  for snakes in Monroe County Illinois.  It was a slow night.  We did find a black rat snake though.  A total of 1 snake.
September 22, 2007
Variable Clouds 85°
I was herping at my grandparents' house today.  I started the day by finding a prairie ring-necked snake.  I then decided to look in the dry creek bed for water snakes.  There is normally water in the creek but it has been so dry this summer that the creek has dried up.  Anyway, I was flipping good looking rocks with no luck.  I thin spied a nice flat rock.  I screamed water snake.  Upon lifting it, I saw a flash of red.  I was thinking that those are not water snake colors.  I then realized that I was looking at my second red milk snake here this month.  Even more exciting was the fact that the snake was under a rock in the creek bed.  No doubt that the snake was seeking out moisture.  The snake was one of the better looking ones that I have seen.  I eventually let the snake go.  It was a good day. A total of 2 snakes.
September 27, 2007
Partly Cloudy 82°
Jessica, my sister, and I headed to a spot in Warren County Missouri to look for salamanders.  We stopped near a pond to roll logs.  Under one of the logs was a nice spotted salamander.  After the photo session we moved on.  Later, we rolled a log and found 3 newly metamorphed spotted salamanders.  A total of 0 snakes.
September 28, 2007
Partly Cloudy 85°
At my grandparentís house in Warren County Missouri, I found 3 prairie ring-necked snakes.  A total of 3 snakes.
September 29, 2007
Scattered Clouds 84°
My dad and I decided to hit Snake Road  today.  We arrived at about 9:30 AM.  It took a while but we finally saw a cottonmouth hanging on the bluff.  We looked into a crevice and saw a few more.  A few ribbon snakes soon started to make an appearance along the base of the bluff.  My dad then spotted a small rough green snake making its way across the road.  Shortly after that, I stumbled around the corner of the bluff and saw two copperheads coiled on top of each other.  One looked like a classic dark northern copperhead, and the other one looked like a classic southern copperhead.  They were beautiful snakes.  After pictures we moved on.  We saw several more cottonmouths and yellow-bellied water snakes.  It was a great day of herping.  The totals are 16 western cottonmouths, 5 yellow-bellied water snakes, 3 western ribbon snakes, 3 rough green snakes, 2 mississippi green water snake, 1 northern ring-necked snakes.  A total of 30 snakes.
October 05, 2007
Scattered Clouds 89°
Saw a prairie ring-necked snake at my grandparentís property.  A total of 1 snake.
October 13, 2007
Overcast 85°
My dad, sister, and I headed back Down to LaRue Road again for this weekend.  The day again started out slowly, but a few cottonmouth soon made their appearance.  Followed by some yellow-bellied water snakes.  The best find was perhaps a mississippi green water snake basking in some thick vegetation.  The numbers and diversity werenít as up to par as I am used to, but any day at LaRue is a good day.  The totals are 14 western cottonmouths, 5 yellow-bellied water snakes, 2 western ribbon snakes, 1 rough green snake, and 1 mississippi green water snake.  A total of 23 snakes.
October 20, 2007
Clear 83°
My dad and I headed over to one of my spots in St. Charles County Missouri.  It was a good day.  We finished with 3 prairie ring-necked snakes, 1 black rat snake, 1 eastern yellow-bellied racer, and 1 midland brown snake.  A total of 6 snakes.
October 28, 2007
Variabe Clouds 59°
My dad, sister, and I wanted to make a bid for both salamanders and snakes today, so we headed over to a spot in Madison County Illinois.  To make a long story short, the only herp seen was a small american toad.  A total of 0 snakes.
November 19, 2007
Partly Cloudy 75°
Matt and I wanted to get out, so we headed to my spot in St. Charles County Missouri.  the started quick when we spotted an eastern yellow-bellied racer poking his head out of a hole in the ground.  He disappeared quickly without a pic.  We moved on and spied a black rat snake deep in a rock crevice.  Again, no picture could be had so we moved on.  A few more minutes passed when we spotted a large eastern yellow-bellied racer coiled high on a bluff ledge.  Pictures were hard to get so we moved on after we realized a good picture just wasnít meant to be.  As we were headed to my car,  I spotted a juvenile black rat snake climbing vertically up a concrete wall.  I was able to get great shots of this snake to end the day.  A total of 4 snakes.
November 20, 2007
Mostly Cloudy 74°
Mike, Brian, and I had planned a salamander trip to Mingo today.  Little did we know the temperature was suppose to be near 75.  We stopped at our first location and quickly found 3 small-mouth salamanders under logs.  The log next the third small-mouth log hid a nice midland brown snake.  After moving on we found a nice spotted salamander, my first Missouri marbled salamander and mole salamander, and a yellow-bellied water snake also taking refuge under a log.  At the next location we found a red-backed salamander and a screamer of a marbled salamander.  The last  stop proved to be the craziest of the day.  We stopped by a bluff to see if there were any snakes out basking.  We werenít sure if there would be an out.  We stepped on the lookout and quickly realized we didnít have a problem.  Within a few seconds we had spied three western cottonmouths.  As we continued we found several cottonmouths.  It was rare to stand in a spot and not be able to see at least one snake.  We eventually caught a glimpse of a broad-banded water snake. sticking out of a hole.  In just under an hour we had seen 21 western cottonmouths and 5 broad-banded water snakes.  The sun had gone down and we headed home.  We saw everything that we had wanted to see and then some.  We even got Brian his first Missouri cottonmouth.  A total of 28 snakes.
December 26, 2007
Overcast 50°
Brian and I wanted to look for tiger salamanders and small mouth salamanders.  I had also gotten a new Digital Rebel XTI that I wanted to try out.  It was really cold to start out with.  I didnít expect to find anything.  I thought I was going to be correct on that, but about an hour into the search I rolled a southern leopard frog under a log.  Shortly after that, i rolled the first salamander of the day.  The small-mouth salamander appeared to be a good sized male.  After photographs we moved on.  After a while of nothing but deer, we rolled another small mouth salamander.  We moved on after pictures.  We ended the day by Brian rolling a duo of small mouth salamanders.  It certainly was a lovely post Christmas herp outing.  A total of 0 snakes.


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