Road closed for snake migration

UNION COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A section of road in Union County is closed for snake migration.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the Shawnee National Forest temporarily closed LaRue Road#345, also known as Snake Road, between mile post 3.0 and mile post 5.8.

The section of road will remain closed until October 30, 2011.

The road is closed around this time every year to protect migrating snakes and amphibians as they make their way from their summer swamp habitats in the wetlands to their winter hibernation habitats in the bluffs.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, some of the animals that are migrating are listed as threatened and endangered by the state of Illinois and the US Forest Service.

Officials believe closing the road helps ensure the reptile's safe crossing during migration.

The two-month long migration attracts people from around the country.

For more information about the snake migration, you may call the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger Station at (618) 833-8576.

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