MDC invites people to learn about snakes Dec. 27 at Springfield Nature Center

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Snakes are among Missouri’s most misunderstood animals. That’s unfortunate because underneath a snake’s frightful reputation is an animal that performs valuable pest-control services for humans and, with the exception of a few venomous species, is relatively harmless.

People can learn more about snakes Dec. 27 at the free Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Wildlife: Snakes of Missouri.” This family-friendly program will be from 1-2 p.m. at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. In addition to learning about the species of snakes that can be found in Missouri, attendees will get an up-close view of some of the snakes housed at the nature center.  This program is for all ages. People can register for this program at

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located in southeast Springfield at 4601 S. Nature Center Way. More information about other upcoming events at the nature center can be found by calling 417-888-4237 or by going to