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Tiny Snakes

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midland brownsnake
Some snakes never grow much larger than worms, and they are just as harmless. More

Variable Groundsnake (Variable Ground Snake)

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Sonora semiannulata semiannulata
The variable groundsnake is a small species with smooth, shiny scales and highly variable coloration. In Missouri, it is restricted to open, rocky hillsides of the southwestern corner of the state. More

Western Cottonmouth

Video of a western cottonmouth in the wild. More

Western Cottonmouth

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Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma
Many people mistakenly believe that any snake seen in or near the water is this venomous “water moccasin.” But there are seven species of nonvenomous, semi-aquatic snakes found in Missouri. Harmless watersnakes vastly outnumber the much-feared cottonmouths. All are protected by law. More

Western Fox Snake Best Management Practices

Manage your Missouri land to help this endangered species. More

Western Foxsnake (Western Fox Snake)

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Pantherophis vulpinus
The western foxsnake is a moderately large snake with distinct brown blotches. In Missouri, it now rare and is found only in far eastern, northeastern, and northwestern sections. More

Western Mudsnake (Western Mud Snake)

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Farancia abacura reinwardtii
This harmless swamp-dweller is sometimes called the “hoop snake” or the “stinging snake” based on misinformation and imaginative folklore. In the case of this snake, it turns out that fact is more interesting than fiction. More

Western Pygmy Rattlesnake

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Sistrurus miliarius streckeri
The western pygmy rattlesnake is small and colorful, with a slender tail and tiny rattle. The sound of the vibrating rattle is a faint buzz that is like the sound of a grasshopper. It’s found in some Missouri counties bordering with Arkansas and in the eastern Missouri Ozarks. More

Western Smooth Earthsnake (Western Smooth Earth Snake)

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Virginia valeriae elegans
The western earthsnake is a small, slightly stout snake with a conical head. It is plain-colored, generally gray, light brown, or reddish brown, with no distinct markings. It is found statewide, except for the northwestern corner. More

Western Wormsnake (Western Worm Snake)

Carphophis vermis
The western wormsnake is a small, two-toned snake that lives in wooded areas or rocky hillsides. It is usually purplish brown above and salmon pink on the belly and lower sides. It is found statewide, except for the Mississippi Lowlands. More