| Story by Meghan McMahon |
Spring is the season of renewal, when the world around us slowly seems to come to life after a long, cold winter. And among the species just starting to again make their presence known throughout Will County are snakes.
Now, as the temperatures warm for spring, is when snakes become active again after spending the winter underground.
“They’re just now coming up, and they’re all really hungry,” said Glen Buckner, a wildlife ecologist with the Forest Preserve District.
Illinois is home to 39 species of snake, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Seventeen have been documented in Will County, although not all of those are regularly seen in the area, Buckner said.
Take the eastern massasauga, for example.