Illinois, If You See A Bright Yellow Stripe In Your Yard Run Away
If you find small, bright yellow lines in your yard, especially moving ones, you have a big problem on your hand. We told you how Iowa also has the same problem, but residents in Illinois are more likely to see these little yellow lines slithering around this spring.
Anything moving in your yard is obviously alive, but a small, bright yellow line moving in your yard is very dangerous to you. This is why you need to run away as fast as possible if those little yellow lines are moving in your yard.
These little yellow lines also could have a different smell to them. If you're smelling cucumbers, you definitely need to get out of there because that yellow tail isn't happy.
Baby Copperheads Have A Unique Yellow Feature
Similar to Iowa, copperhead snakes are venomous and native to Illinois. According to the Illinois DNR, copperhead snakes are one of 4 venomous snakes in the state. They range from 24 to 36 inches long. These snakes are active during the day in the spring and fall and become nocturnal during the hot summer months.
Before copperheads become mature snakes, copperheads mate in Illinois typically in the springtime and sometimes in the fall, typically giving birth between August and September.
Mother copperheads can produce between 3 and 10 baby copperhead snakes. Baby copperhead snakes have something unique that helps you know where they are: a bright yellow tail.
As you can see from this photo taken by USI Public Safety, that baby copperhead has that yellow-tipped tail. If you see that slithering in your yard, run away because you have venomous snakes.
Copperheads Can Be Found In Portions Of Illinois
Copperhead snakes are native to Illinois and a good portion of it too. If you live in the upper two-thirds of the state, you'll most likely never find a copperhead.
The Illinois DNR says that copperhead snakes are typically found in the southern one-third of Illinois. Several counties in southern Illinois are where copperhead snakes call home.
While copperhead snakes are venomous, they don't go after humans to get food. They typically eat mice, small birds, lizards, snakes, amphibians, and insects. You can normally spot them
Even though copperheads are rare, still keep an eye out for them, especially near bodies of water.
Lookout For Small, Bright Yellow Stripes In These Areas
If you plan to do any hiking or exploring in forests in southern Illinois or parts of southeast Iowa, make sure you're aware that baby copperhead snakes and their parents could be lurking.
Always wear good shoes and pants to protect yourself. You may not like it but hike when it's hotter since copperheads become nocturnal in the summer.
Make sure you're being safe out there!