As the weather has become consistently warmer across Iowa in recent weeks, many species of wildlife around the state have become more active. Birds are singing, nesting, and caring for their young. Bees and other insects can be spotted zipping through the air. And snakes have slithered out of their winter burrows to sun themselves on river banks and boulders.

To learn more about all of Iowa’s snakes, visit the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iowa website, specifically, the snake page. You’ll find pictures, data, identifying features, and other information on snakes and other interesting creatures that become more active this time of year! Are you fascinated by rarely seen Iowa creatures like rattlesnakes? Here are six other creatures that live in Iowa, but that you have to be lucky to spot.

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