After spending three days at Snake Road I had a hankering to find some turtles, so I left the road to other herpers and headed to a well-known cypress swamp which looked like this.
Although I've seen many Red-eared Sliders in the field, this was the first time I saw them within their natural range.
Mole Salamander - lifer.
I bet you can't find a Cherrybark Oak Tree bigger than this one.
A shy female Eastern Box Turtle.
And about 500 feet away, a more outgoing male Eastern Box Turtle.
Spiny Softshell Turtle.
Illinois landscape as seen from the bluffs.
A huge Black Racer, which apparently had just consumed a large meal.