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Government officials in Southern Illinois have closed a 2.5-mile stretch of road because of a combination of warm weather and snakes. Officials responsible for maintaining Snake Road in the Shawnee National Forest southeast of Carbondale, Ill., declared that the annual snake migration through the park was taking a bit longer this year. Typically, they close the road to traffic in September and October. Due to unseasonably warm temperatures, officials decided to keep the road closed into November to make certain all the migrating snakes had slithered across. Park officials said that although no vehicles were allowed on Snake Road, pedestrians were more than welcome to test their courage.