Snakes

 


The Milk Snake

Attention:  The comments below are only the views and beliefs of this writer.  I will not be responsible for any errors or untruths printed in my articles.  It is the reader's responsibility to come to his or her own conclusions and take precautions as needed.  For instance, I have the belief that no poisonous snakes of the world have round pupils.  If anyone knows this to be untrue please respond to:  sawebmistress@yahoo.com  The views of this writer are not necessarily the views of Sun Aura Resort.


Yes, like any other location that is in or near the woods, Sun Aura has snakes.  But the good news is, we very rarely will ever find a  poisonous snake here. In fact I've never seen one my whole life here in Indiana or where I grew up in Illinois. Did you know that the non- poisonous snakes of Northwest Indiana don't even have teeth per say?  They do have little hair like protrusions in their mouth that can cause you to bleed a little if you get bitten but you can barely even feel it.  The mark they leave is in the shape of a horse shoe instead of two fang holes like the poisonous snakes leave in your flesh.  When you get penetrated by a mosquito, the mosquito saliva has a numbing agent that can and does hurt or itch after you are bitten.  Some people are allergic to this mosquito saliva and a red bump raises on your skin.  Some people are hyper-allergic and all kinds of nasty infections can occur just from a mosquito bite.  On the other hand, the snakes of Sun Aura will never even cause a reaction when you are bitten.  Snakes, whether poisonous or not are very beneficial reptiles.  They eat rodents, and rodents cause lots of damage and disease to man.  Marty, (the owner of the camp) and most of you I'm sure, never want to see a snake killed out here. Marty is a very devout nature lover and if you are bothered by a snake near your campsite please contact Cactus Dave or another member who are handlers of snakes.  We will catch the snake and take it to the woods to turn loose for it's own protection.  If you see one in the woods just watch it if you want, out of curiosity or leave it alone, never kill a snake out here!  Did you know that all of our snakes have round pupils like us?  Only the poisonous variety of snakes have pupils shaped like that of a cat.  No snakes with round pupils are poisonous anywhere in the world.   Did you know that snakes don't feel slimy to the touch--they are dry and smooth and that their forked tongue will not hurt you?  Did you know that the snakes of Sun Aura are afraid of humans and will never try to come after you?  The following is a list of the snakes you might  have a possibility of seeing here at the camp.  Usually though, you may only see one or two snakes through the whole season.  I have put a couple of X's in the boxes of the snakes I have personally seen either here at camp or in Illinois.  I used to drive my mother crazy with all my pet
 snakes :)

NONPOISONOUS SNAKES

Common Name
Scientific Name
 Distribution
 

Northern and Midland Water Snake

 Nerodia sipedon sipedon and  Nerodia s. pleuralis

statewide; southwest

XX 

 Copperbelly Water Snake

 Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta

southwest, northeast

XX

 Diamondback Water Snake

 Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer

southwestern tip

 

 Queen Snake

 Regina septemvittata

central, east

 

 Kirtlandís Snake

 Clonophis kirtlandii

statewide

 

 Brown snake

 Storeria dekayi

statewide

 

 Northern Redbelly Snake

 Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata

southwest, northern

 

 Western Earth Snake

 Virginia valeriae elegans

southcentral

 

 Common garter snake

 Thamnophis sirtalis

statewide

XX 

 Eastern Plains Garter Snake

 Thamnophis radix radix

northwest

 XX

 Butlerís Garter Snake

 Thamnophis butleri

northeast

XX

 Eastern and Northern Ribbon Snake

 Thamnophis sauritus sauritus and Thamnophis s. septentrionalis 

southwest; central, northeast

XX 

 Western Ribbon Snake

 Thamnophis proximus proximus

northwest, southwest

 

XX

 Racer

 Coluber constrictor

statewide

XX 

 Rat snake

 Elaphe obsoleta

statewide

XX 

 Western Fox Snake

 Elaphe vulpina vulpina

northwest

 

 Bullsnake

 Pituophis melanoleucus sayi

northwest tip,  Knox County

XX 

 Prairie Kingsnake

 Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster

west

XX 

 Black Kingsnake

 Lampropeltis getula nigra

southwest, lower Wabash Valley

XX 

 Milk snake

 Lampropeltis triangulum

statewide

XX 

 Northern Scarlet Snake

 Cemophora coccinea copei

Floyd County


 Rough Green Snake

 Opheodrys aestivus  

south


 Smooth Green Snake

 Opheodrys vernalis

northwest tip


 Northern Ringneck Snake

 Diadophis punctatus edwardsii

statewide except northwest

 

 Midwest Worm Snake

 Carphophis amoenus helenae

south

 

 Southeastern Crowned Snake

 Tantilla coronata

extreme southeast


 Eastern Hognose Snake

 Heterodon platirhinos

statewide, except east-central

XX 

POISONOUS SNAKES

 Northern Copperhead

 Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen

south

 

 Western Cottonmouth (water moccasin)

 Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma

Dubois, Harrison, & Crawford Counties


 Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

 Sistrurus catenatus catenatus

north


 Timber Rattlesnake

 Crotalus horridus

south