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Venomous Snakes of Missouri Virtual Program

July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


When it comes to things people are afraid of in the outdoors, venomous snakes top many fright lists. While it’s true people should always give venomous snakes space, it’s equally true that some of the things people fear about venomous snakes are based on things that simply aren’t true.

People can learn more about Missouri’s venomous snakes and separate myths from facts at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Venomous Snakes of Missouri” on July 9. This free online program, which is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center, will be from 2-3 p.m. and is open to all ages. People can register at:


At this event, MDC Naturalist Sam Grove will discuss the venomous snake species found in Missouri and how to identify them. She will also discuss some of the falsehoods that have come to be associated with venomous snakes. For instance:

Copperheads do not travel in pairs. Copperheads compete with each other for food and space and would much rather have habitats all to themselves than share them with other copperheads. Also, the bite of a young venomous snake is not more potent than an adult’s bite. A young snake’s venom has the same potency as venom from a mature adult.

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

Though the July 9 program is free, registration is required. To participate, use the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.


July 9
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Missouri Department of Conservation
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