Trip Details

Location: Linn County, Iowa

Weather: Low 70's, scattered clouds.

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Herpers: David Becker, Don Becker, Jim Scharosch

Account by: Jim Scharosch

Photos by: Don Becker

Don, his son David and I went to a sand prairie in Linn County. It is a site where Don has been doing a lot of habitat restoration work for the last few years. The area has improved a lot with the effort he has put in.

This was one of those odd trips where we spent a long time walking through the prairie and didn’t see anything. As we approached within 50 feet of the vehicles, Don spotted a Bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer)on the crawl.

It was a nice adult, a bit over four feet long. I took a bunch of cool photos and then found out the next day that I didn’t have a memory card in my camera. I had no idea my camera would happily shoot pictures without a card installed. Thankfully Don grabbed some shots too. Live and learn…

After we release the snake, it crawled of toward a nearby wetland. It paused alongside a tree and stayed there until we left. It was kinda odd behaviour.

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