Virtual program


When it comes to things people are afraid of outdoors, poisonous snakes top many lists of fears. While it’s true that people should always give poisonous snakes space, it’s also true that some of the things people have heard about poisonous snakes just aren’t true.

A press release says people can learn more about Missouri’s venomous snakes and separate myth from fact through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) virtual program “Venomous Snakes of Missouri” on June 2.

This free online program is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. and is recommended for ages 6 and up. People can register at:

Although the June 2 program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an email, so that a link to the program can be sent to them. This program will include a question and answer period via chat where participants can interact with the presenters.

At this event, MDC Naturalist Betzaida Rivera will discuss the poisonous snake species found in Missouri and how to identify them. She will also discuss some of the lies associated with poisonous snakes.

For example, Copperheads do not travel in pairs. Copperheads compete with each other for food and space and would much rather have habitats to themselves than share them with other Copperheads.

Moreover, the bite of a young poisonous snake is no more powerful than that of an adult. The venom of a young snake has the same potency as the venom of a mature adult.

What is true is that poisonous snakes have a bite that should be respected by all humans. When seen in the wild, poisonous snakes should be left alone.