Wild Things: Keep Eyes Open for Snakes

It’s the time of year when visitors to the forest preserves may encounter snakes, and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County reminds visitors that these animals pose little danger to humans.

Sightings of the county’s dozen or so species of snakes increase in the forest preserves in summer, as snakes move across trails in search of food, and on cool but sunny fall days, when these reptiles bask on rocks and along trails to stay warm. Two in particular are often misidentified as venomous: the western fox snake and the northern water snake.

Naturalist Abby Dean talks about what kind of snakes you'll likely encounter on your visits to the preserves, and how to identify the different kinds of snakes, on Wild Things on WDCB Radio (90.9 FM).  

         

Links to more information and stories on snakes:

So You've Seen a Snake? No Need to Panic 

Snakes 

Image © Josh Frushour
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