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 aren’t true, says a statement from the Department of Conservation. from Missouri.
People can learn more about the venomous snakes of Missouri and separate the myths from the facts during the Missouri Department of Conservation’s virtual program “Venomous Snakes of Missouri” on Thursday, June 2. This free online program, which is put on by the staff of MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center, will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and is recommended for ages 6 and up. Register at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/184648.
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 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,” the statement read. “Furthermore, the bite of a young poisonous snake is no more potent than the bite 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,” the statement said.