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green snake

The smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis) is a species of North American nonvenomous snake in the family Colubridae. The species is also referred to as the grass snake. It is a slender, “small...

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Bruno, the wandering black bear

On June 10, the bear departed his native Wisconsin and crossed into Illinois. He briefly slipped into Iowa before returning to Illinois, spending...

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Striped bass sheet

Striped bass are often called stripers, linesider or rockfish. They are silvery, shading to olive-green on the back and white on the belly,...

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Northern water snake

This thick-bodied snake is quite variable in color and pattern. Background color ranges from light gray to dark brown. It is almost always...