Snakes will be topic of MDC virtual program on July 16

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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 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free virtual program “Naturalist Notes Virtual Series: Snakes.” This online program will be from 10-10:45 a.m. on July 16 and is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. This program is designed for all ages. People can register for this program at:

At this event, MDC Naturalist Jordanya Raos will discuss some of the common species of snakes found in Missouri. She will provide tips on how to identify the state’s venomous snakes, and will also talk about the valuable pest-control services snakes provide by their hunting of mice and rats.

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using 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.

Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

For more information on other programs coming up at the nature center, call 417-888-4237. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located in southeast Springfield at 4601 S. Nature Center Way. Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at