Trip Details

Location: Kankakee County, Illinois

Conditions: Sunny, high about 80 degrees

Time: 8:00 am thru noon

Herpers: Mike Pingleton, Tracy Mitchell, Laura Scharosch, Austin Scharosch, Jim Scharosch

Mike and Tracy showed up at our campsite about 7:30 and we got an earlier start than we did yesterday. We hit a location we had found last year. A lot of the junk that was at this site last year seems to have been cleaned up. I am wondering if the higher price for scrap metal has turned tin sites into an endangered species.

Here is a Six-lined Racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus) that sat still long enough for me to get a picture.

I didn't exactly sneak up on it, he was watching me the entire time, but for some reason he didn't choose to run for cover.

Mike did flip this Bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) from under the same tin he found a bullsnake last spring. It's hard to say if it is the same one, but you never know.

We stopped off at another couple of sites without seeing anything. At one really small site, Austin saw a Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor foxi) on the fly and made numerous attempts to get a grip on it

I came over to help him corner it, and Austin chased it under a large tarp. We flipped the tarp and were able to get a hold of the snake. It was a lot darker than the nice blue one we had found yesterday, but it was still nice to see another one. I gotta give props to Austin for his effort on getting to this warmed up racer. It wasn't an easy catch and he stayed with it like a pro. Made his old man proud.

The rest of the day was pretty unspectacular. With the bright sunshine, our tin-flippin' time was fairly limited. We decided that an early start back home would be nice, so we headed out before noon.

We had a nice time, and wrapped up the spring season on a fairly successful trip. I still don't have my Kankakee hognose, but there's always next year....or maybe this fall.......

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