‘Snake Road’ Closed For Semi-Annual Migration

(Shawnee, IL) — It’s time for the annual migration of snakes through a stretch of land in the Shawnee National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service is closing a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of road for two months to protect snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. They’re making their way to their summer feeding grounds in the swamp in the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Area. What’s unofficially called Snake Road attracts hundreds of visitors from across the country who may see 35 different species of snakes.