Trip Details

Start Time: 11:15 a.m.

Weather: Overcast. Spitting light rain. 71 degrees. Low wind.

Location: Linn Co. Iowa

Herpers: Matt Ricklefs

Account & Pictures by: Matt Ricklefs

Thought of the Day: Sand Prairie Milks

I had a morning to get out quick and checked a few spots. In an open field of remnant sand prairie under a piece of tin that is checked when in the vicinity I found a MIlk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum).

This tin in 2007 has yielded hognose, racers and now a Milk Snake. There is an area nearby that we found other milks, but has rocky cover on a small hillside and is more "typical" milk snake habitat. Perhaps this is a dispersal zone. In any event, it was a welcome find. It was approximately twenty inches in length. It was near shed, but not quite ready to shed out. It had a little garf on it's left side, but it appeared as though the shed, once complete, would take care of most of it. Not the prettiest milk, but a find nonetheless. That was all for the day, but I found something someplace I had not found them before.

Happy...aw you know by now.

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