Montgomery Co., Indiana. April 8th, 1996.
Rick Milas took me to a gravel-bottomed creek one chilly day in April. “There are queen snakes here,” he said. The low temperature led me to doubt, yet eventually, we did find one under a flat stone a dozen feet or so from the water. It was covered with mud, having emerged recently from its underground hibernaculum. The queen snake has a very small niche – it only eats crayfish, and of crayfish, it only eats those that have just shed their shells and are still soft-bodied. Its place in this world in perilous – fill a creek with toxins or silt, and the crayfish disappear, taking the queen snakes with them.
HerpMapper records for this species are here.