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Snakes

With its variety of wildlife habitats, Missouri is home to 47 species and subspecies of snakes. All snakes help control pest populations.  

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Snakes Alive!

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The best response to venomous snakes is to respect their wildness.

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Snakes and Lizards Holding Their Own

Jeff Briggler, our herpetologist, stopped by the other day to mention the upcoming Year of the Frog.

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Snakes of Missouri

Coil up to some of Missouri's most misunderstood cold-blooded residents with this video.

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Speckled Kingsnake

Video of a speckled kingsnake in the wild.

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Speckled Kingsnake (Speckled King Snake)

Lampropeltis getula holbrooki
This handsome snake is generally black, but a white or yellow spot in the center of most of the scales makes it look speckled. The belly is yellowish with some irregular black markings. Like the rest of our kingsnakes, this species vibrates its tail when alarmed.

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Texas ratsnake (black rat snake)

Texas Ratsnake (Black Rat Snake)

Pantherophis obsoleteus
This glossy “black snake” is one of Missouri’s largest and most familiar snakes. Its size and often deep-black color makes it seem imposing, but it is as harmless to humans as it is bad news for rodents!

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Image of a timber rattlesnake

Timber Rattlesnake

Crotalus horridus
Missouri’s largest venomous snake is dangerously venomous, but there are few cases of rattlesnake bites in our state. It frequents rough country, is mostly nocturnal in summer and few Missourians ever encounter it.

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Timber Rattlesnake

Video of a timber rattlesnake in the wild.

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