can be a great time to observe pit vipers that are held up under rookery rocks incubating and birthing their offspring. Ryan
and I made a trip on Sept. 1st to do just this. Below is a report of our trip taken from Ryan's website ( http://www.thies-times.com/serpentryan/homepage.html ) followed by photos by myself.
Mike Cravens and I had a hankering to find a timber rattlesnake or two. We headed over to a place in Montgomery
County Missouri. Almost immediately we were greeted with a very lovely find. Mike got a hand on my first ever
western slender glass lizard. After the photo session we continued. Not too long after that I spotted an adult
copperhead in a rock crevice. Mike came over to take a look himself and pointed out the four juvenile copperheads that
also shared the crevice. Apparently upon picture comparison, I found the same adult copperhead on May 3, 2003 under a nearby rock. Once the photo session was
over we continued. While checking a crevice, Mike flipped a juvenile hog-nosed snake. We took our photos and moved
on. The last find occurred just as it was getting dark. Mike peered into a crevice and saw yet another adult copperhead.
Also present were several neonate sheds. As Mike continued to look for more snakes, I poked around the edge of the crevice.
Moments later I scared up a neonate copperhead in the process of shedding its skin. I called Mike over and I got my
pictures. That proved to be the last snake of the day. It was a fantastic outing. The totals were 7 osage
copperheads and 1 eastern hog-nosed snake. A total of 8 snakes.