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  • ‘Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois’ opens newer window to old world

    Becky Hileman, a freshman at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in biology education, holds a Mud snake as the snake makes a migratory trek from a nearby swamp, across the scenic LaRue Road to a den area for winter hibernation near Wolf Lake, Ill., in Union County, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003. On this U.S. Forest Service road in far southern Illinois, officials call it the only road the government owns that’s closed to vehicle traffic in order to protect reptiles and amphibians as they cross. (APPhoto/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHARLES REX ARBOGAST, AP