Flora and Fauna Along the Wapsipinicon River
While mowing the lawn at the cabin I saw something I had not seen for some time – an adult Graham’s crayfish snake. This may be the second or third year that I had not seen a crayfish snake and that has been disappointing.
Graham’s crayfish snakes are considered threatened or endangered in Iowa. The “Snakes of Iowa” book does not even show them being in Bremer County, yet I know of at least some along the Wapsipinicon River. When I had not seen any for a couple of years (at least), I was concerned our small, isolated population was gone. After today, I know at least one still lives in the area. Unfortunately, I was not able to photograph the snake.
Seeing the Graham’s crayfish snake prompted me to take a trip up the river in search of another crayfish snake or other reptiles/amphibians of various species. I saw no more Graham’s crayfish snakes, but did see (and photograph) other flora and fauna along the Wapsipinicon River.