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Snake Road closes early

A snake slithering across Snake Road
Shawnee National Forest

Snake Road is closed.

Due to warmer temperatures this season, Shawnee National Forest officials have closed the road early.

Bi-annually the Shawnee National Forest closes Forest Service Road No. 345, also known as Snake Road, to help ensure safe crossing for several species of snakes and amphibians during this critical time of migration.

The 2.5-mile-long road is normally closed in early March to allow snakes and amphibians – some of them considered threatened and endangered in Illinois and the United States – to migrate from their winter habitat in the limestone bluffs across the road to their summer habitat in LaRue Swamp.

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