A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes

The information you will find within
the Snake's Burrow is adapted from the

"Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes".

This informative booklet was underwritten by the Kansas Chickadee Checkoff Program and the Westar Energy Green Team, and published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center.

The co-authors were Joe Collins and Suzanne L. Collins. Photos are by Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress.   Range maps are by Jim Mason.

Joe Collins (1939-2012) was the state’s most prolific author about Kansas wildlife. His titles include Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas (three editions), Fishes in Kansas (two editions with Frank B. Cross), Turtles in Kansas (with Janalee Caldwell), Natural Kansas, Kansas Wildlife (with Suzanne L. Collins, Bob Gress and Gerald J. Wiens) and Kansas Wetlands: A Wildlife Treasury (with Suzanne L. Collins and Bob Gress). He also edited Mammals in Kansas and Birds in Kansas (two volumes) and co-authored the Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America (two editions). He was the author of 13 other books on wildlife and was the Director of The Center for North American Herpetology, a non-profit foundation based in Lawrence, Kansas.

Suzanne L. Collins' photographs have graced the pages of many books, including Natural Kansas, Kansas Wildlife, Kansas Wetlands: A Wildlife Treasury, the Peterson Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants and the Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America.

Bob Gress is the Director of the Great Plains Nature Center and Editor for this Pocket Guide series. His photographs have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and in more than 20 books, including Faces of the Great Plains: Prairie Wildlife, Kansas Wildlife, Watching Kansas Wildlife: A Guide to 101 Sites, Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas and The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals.

The purpose of the Pocket Guide and the Snake's Burrow is to promote greater understanding and awareness of these unique animals and their importance to the Kansas environment.

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A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes

Pick up your copy of
A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes

or any of our other pocket guides
at the Great Plains Nature Center.

Individual copies may be picked up for free
at our front desk.

Copies can be mailed to you for
$3.00 each, postpaid. 
Make your check out to:
"Friends of the GPNC"
and mail it to:
Owl's Nest Gift Shop
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street N.
Wichita, KS 67220

Be sure to specify which guide(s) you are ordering and include your full mailing address!

Check out the other GPNC Pocket Guides!

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Raptors
is online as the RAPTOR'S ROOST.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mammals
is online as the MAMMAL'S DEN.

The Second Edition of the Pocket Guide to Kansas Threatened and Endangered Species is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Butterflies is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Backyard Birds is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds
is online as the PEEP'S PUDDLE.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Freshwater Mussels
is online as the MUSSEL BED.

The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Waterbirds is online as the SHORELINE.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses is online as the MEADOW.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Red Hills Wildflowers is available as a pdf download.

This GPNC Pocket Guide was made possible with financial support from the following sponsors:

Chickadee Checkoff logoThe Chickadee Checkoff is a voluntary donation program for nongame projects in Kansas. Taxpayers are able to contribute by assigning any amount they wish on the appropriate line on their Kansas income tax form. Since 1980, the Chickadee Checkoff has distributed over four million dollars to projects that help endangered species, assist in reintroduction efforts of sensitive species, support the popular Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites program at schools, and hundreds of other nongame conservation projects.

Westar logo- Westar Energy, Inc. is the largest utility in Kansas serving nearly 700,000 customers with about 35,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. Since 1989, their employees have operated an environmental team. The Green Team members volunteer hours to improve wildlife habitat through wetland creation and restoration and native grass and tree planting. They build bridges and trails and work to protect and reintroduce sensitive plant and animal species. The Green Team can be contacted at 785-575-8125 or at Ben.Postlethwait@Westarenergy.com

GPNC logo The Great Plains Nature Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism and the City of Wichita Department of Park and Recreation. The nature center features the Koch Habitat Hall, Owl’s Nest gift shop, Coleman Auditorium and 2 miles of Chisholm Creek Park nature trails. The Great Plains Nature Center web site Home Page is www.gpnc.org  Please visit or contact us at: Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 East 29th Street North, Wichita, KS 67220, phone: (316) 683-5499.

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Snake's Burrow
Text: Joe Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
Range Maps and Web Design: Jim Mason