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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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A western cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorous) snake lies dead on the Clear Creek Levy Road, near Ware, Illinois. Road kills are one of the leading causes of death for snakes in the U.S.

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An Eastern ringnecked snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii) found on the Snake Road, near Ware, Illinois. This three mile stretch of road is closed to traffic when the snakes are migrating from limestone cliffs to the swamp nearby.

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A western cottonmouth snake (Agkistrodon piscivorous) lies on the Snake Road, near Ware, Illinois. This three mile stretch of road along the is closed to traffic when the snakes are migrating from limestone cliffs to the swamp nearby.

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A rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus) along Snake Road in Shawnee National forest in southwest Illinios.

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An eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platirhinos) plays dead on the Snake Road, a three-mile stretch of road in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. To prevent herp deaths, this section of road is closed in the spring and fall when snakes are migrating.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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An eastern hognose snake plays dead on the Snake Road, a three-mile stretch of road in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. To prevent herp deaths, this section of road is closed in the spring and fall when snakes are migrating.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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Snake wranglers from the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. Studies are showing that rattlesnakes that have the genetic tendency to migrate are being killed in ever-increasing numbers on our nation’s roads, leaving those snakes with non-migrating tendencies behind to breed.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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Joel Sartore,National Geographic photographer, standing amongst a herd of bison (Bison bison) on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer, standing amongst a herd of bison (Bison bison) on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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