THE SOUTHERN: Shawnee National Forest’s Snake Road will close next week for annual reptile, amphibian migration

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The Southern Illinoisan is reporting, “Shawnee National Forest’s Snake Road is closing March 15 so that snakes and amphibians, some of them considered threatened and endangered in Illinois and the United States, can migrate from limestone bluffs to nearby LaRue Swamp.

Closing the 2.5-mile-long road, also known as LaRue Road and Forest Service Road No. 345, helps ensure safe crossing for these rare species.

The gradual, two-month migration attracts people from across the country eager to witness the rich diversity of reptile and amphibian species along this single stretch of road. About 66 percent of the amphibians and 59 percent of the reptiles known to occur in Illinois are found here…”

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