This Illinois Road is About to Close Because of Venomous Snakes
There's a famous road in Illinois. The reason for its fame is due to all the venomous snakes that take it over this time of year and that's the reason it's about to close.
You might remember we mentioned this infamous road in southern Illinois. Well, it's back in the news now.
I saw this story shared by KSDK in St. Louis. The road in question is Forest Road 345 aka "Snake Road". The US Forest Service mentions that "Snake Road" is open year round with the exception of two different time periods. From the middle of March through the middle of May and then from September 1 through October 30. You can't drive this road now because it's snake migration time.
How many venomous snakes have been discovered on "Snake Road"?
The US Forest Service says 23 different species of snakes have been documented in this southern Illinois region. Note that the hikers in the video above saw 27 different snakes with cottonmouths visible all over the road. Yes, the road is closed to protect the snakes in their natural habitat.
While many people will adventure in that area to witness the snake migration, the US Forest Service warns that "Capturing, collecting or harassing wildlife of any kind is Prohibited." Hopefully common sense would kick in at some point where the "don't pick up the poisonous snakes" isn't a necessary warning. However, that doesn't stop the reptile enthusiasts from coming in great numbers to witness their favorite subject migrating.
You can find out more about the LaRue-Pine Hills-Otter Pond Research Natural Area on the official US Forest Service website.