Trip Details

Start Time: 1:45 p.m.

Weather: Partly sunny with gathering few clouds. Around 68 degrees. Low wind.

Location: Bremer Co. & Linn Co. Iowa

Herpers: Matt Ricklefs

Account & photos by: Matt Ricklefs

Thought of the Day: Grungy.

I had just gotten back from an extended work trip out of town and had not herped for a while. Being spring and having things really get in gear, and not be able to get out, is disappointing. So, I made a couple of quick stops. My first spot did not produce much, but it did yield my first Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon). This one was a juvenile at about eight inches.

My next spot was a familiar one and yielded not one, but two grungy and in-shed Milk Snakes (Lampropeltis triangulum). The first was about sixteen inches and the second was about twenty-one inches. The first had some garf on its back, but I suspect that after shedding it will be ok.

That was about it for the day. I was glad I found something and it will have to tide me over until I can get out again. I'll be in Colorado soon and plan to get out then. We'll see what we can "herp up".

Until next time!

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