April 3, 2008
Awake, O Serpent!
The Greater Prairie Snake (Serpentus rustica, var. petrolea), unlike its cousin the Common Prairie Snake (S. rustica, var. irrigata), does not migrate south for the winter. Rather, it burrows into long trenches and hibernates. It is a sure sign of spring to spot one of these enormous critters flopping around in a state of semi-torpor, looking for a small calf or two after a winter without eating.

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