JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) – Snake Road in southern Illinois is closing to cars so snakes can cross without getting run over.
The Southern Illinoisan reports that the road winding through the Shawnee National Forest will close to vehicles beginning Sunday.
The road, more than 2 miles long, will stay closed until late October.
It’s not just snakes. Frogs, turtles, newts and salamanders are also starting to migrate across the road from swamps to limestone bluffs where they’ll spend the winter.
— Shawnee NF (@ShawneeNF) August 26, 2019
Some are endangered, so the Forest Service goes the extra mile to ensure their safety. People can still walk the road while it’s closed to cars but are prohibited from collecting or handling the species.
According to a news release from Shawnee National Forest “the gradual, two-month migration event attracts people from across the country eager to witness the rich diversity of reptile and amphibian species along this single stretch of road.”
The road will be closed again in March as the animals head back to the swamp.
Click here for a list of reptiles which may be seen during the migration.
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