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  • Unearthing a fossorial snake

    Scene of wetland with low-growing vegetation and flowers in the foreground, yellowing grasses beyoond that and a line of immature trees in the distance.

    A protected prairie wetland near Beecher, Illinois.

    Photo by Tyler Stewart


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  • Editor’s notes:

    Stewart works in the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Population and Community Ecology Lab under Mike Dreslik, who also is an affiliate professor of natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This work is part of a collaborative project with John A. Crawford at the Lewis and Clark Community College’s National Great Rivers Research and Education CenterAndrew R. Kuhns of the INHS’s Biological Surveys and Assessment Program, and Christopher A. Phillips of the INHS’s Herpetology Program. The INHS is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I.

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