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Posted by CCD on April 20, 2003 at 21:44:35:
In Reply to: For Experienced Herpers posted by Yonkers on April 20, 2003 at 20:01:59:
In temperate areas, reptiles are inactive from October/November to about March or April. During the summer months, most reptiles shun midday heat and appear only in the morning or late afternoon, some become nocturnal. In spring and fall, the opposite occurs, they become active more during the hotter point of the day.
After a warm rain is an especially good time to find reptiles and amphibians. They love to come out after a rain.
When you go, be sure to look under flat rocks, peices of bark, logs, leaf litter, or in stump holes or tunnels. Piles of debris and abandoned farm buildings are also great places.
I'm not too familiar with michigan or the species that live there, but that should cover some general info. I believe the only venomous species in Mi. is the Massasauga? A snake hook is always handy.