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:  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 :)


Common Name
Scientific Name

Northern and Midland Water Snake

 Nerodia sipedon sipedon and  Nerodia s. pleuralis

statewide; southwest


 Copperbelly Water Snake

 Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta

southwest, northeast


 Diamondback Water Snake

 Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer

southwestern tip


 Queen Snake

 Regina septemvittata

central, east


 Kirtlandís Snake

 Clonophis kirtlandii



 Brown snake

 Storeria dekayi



 Northern Redbelly Snake

 Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata

southwest, northern


 Western Earth Snake

 Virginia valeriae elegans



 Common garter snake

 Thamnophis sirtalis



 Eastern Plains Garter Snake

 Thamnophis radix radix



 Butlerís Garter Snake

 Thamnophis butleri



 Eastern and Northern Ribbon Snake

 Thamnophis sauritus sauritus and Thamnophis s. septentrionalis 

southwest; central, northeast


 Western Ribbon Snake

 Thamnophis proximus proximus

northwest, southwest




 Coluber constrictor



 Rat snake

 Elaphe obsoleta



 Western Fox Snake

 Elaphe vulpina vulpina




 Pituophis melanoleucus sayi

northwest tip,  Knox County


 Prairie Kingsnake

 Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster



 Black Kingsnake

 Lampropeltis getula nigra

southwest, lower Wabash Valley


 Milk snake

 Lampropeltis triangulum



 Northern Scarlet Snake

 Cemophora coccinea copei

Floyd County

 Rough Green Snake

 Opheodrys aestivus  


 Smooth Green Snake

 Opheodrys vernalis

northwest tip

 Northern Ringneck Snake

 Diadophis punctatus edwardsii

statewide except northwest


 Midwest Worm Snake

 Carphophis amoenus helenae



 Southeastern Crowned Snake

 Tantilla coronata

extreme southeast

 Eastern Hognose Snake

 Heterodon platirhinos

statewide, except east-central



 Northern Copperhead

 Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen



 Western Cottonmouth (water moccasin)

 Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma

Dubois, Harrison, & Crawford Counties

 Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

 Sistrurus catenatus catenatus


 Timber Rattlesnake

 Crotalus horridus