2003 Snake Summary Page

I'll give a brief discription of my snake outings for the remainder of the year and if successful, will continue it into the 2004 snake season.
September 27, 2003
Mostly Sunny   75
My trip to Union County Illinois was a big success.  I had a great time with some fellow herp enthusiasts.  We found a total of 30 snakes.  Thanks to Mike Pingleton and all the guys for inviting me.  I learned alot.    I can't wait to do it again with them next year.
September 28, 2003
Partly Cloudy   68
  Mingo Swamp was also a great trip the next day.  I saw a nice total of 11 snakes.  The timber rattlesnake awaits for yet another time.
October 4, 2003
Sunny   72
Another very productive Saturday with a total of 26 snakes in Warren County, Missouri.  A highlight of this trip includes finding 10 ringnecks under one rock.
October 5, 2003
Sunny   70
Sunday came with 16 more snakes in Jefferson County, Missouri in the Valley View Glades.  Highlight of today's trip included finding the elusive Speckled Kingsnake.
October 11, 2003
Sunny   70
A quick Saturday outing gives me 2 more snakes in far west St. Louis County near the Route 66 State Park and Lone Elk Park.
October 18, 2003
Sunny   75
Took a trip out to Carlyle Lake in Illinois.  It was rather disappointing.  Only a few Eastern Garter Snakes and no Massasauga Rattlers.
October 19, 2003
Sunny   80
Fought the traffic to make a trip up to Pere Marquette Park.  Another disappointing day.  More road kill snakes than live snakes.
October 26, 2003
Mostly Cloudy   48
I knew the temperature wasn't going to cooperate, but I couldn't resist going out in search of a snake.  My trip took me to St. Charles County Missouri near the Clark Bridge.  The day was pretty slow.  I did manage to catch a glimps of an eastern garter snake as he slide into a nearby oxbow lake.  I gave up after a while and went bird watching instead. 
November 2, 2003
Mostly Sunny   76
I went to Danville Conservation Area in a last ditch effort to maybe find a copperhead.  I was surprised with an unexpected site.  My first ever timber rattlesnake was coiled up in a ledge. That turned out to be the trip's highlighted moment.  No copperheads, but a great trip.
November 16, 2003
Partly Cloudy   64
A quick trip was in order today on this warm November afternoon.  The destination was the area around the Clark Bridge in St. Charles County.  Only one garter snake was seen today sunning on top of the beaver lodge.  He darted before I could even get a picture.
November 22, 2003
Mostly Cloudy   70
Was not anticipating any snakes on this Saturday morning since I was working with my school in a stream cleanup, but as chance would have, on the shore of the creek there we found a garter snake sunning himself.  This was a very aggressive snake and took exception to me holding it.  Owwwwww!  Later in the afternoon when I expected to find snakes out at the grandparent's house in Warren County, Missouri, I was shut-out.  Hmm!
December 27, 2003
Mostly Clear   60
The temperature looked to cooperate today and I was just itching to find my first ever December snake.  I drove out to central Missouri and met up with Keith Brekhus and we checked out some den sights.  We were rewarded with 5 snakes.  Our finds included an eastern garter snake, two intergrade red-sided/eastern garter snakes, and two eastern yellow-bellied racers.  A four foot racer was the highlight of the trip..   What a great way to end the year!


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