Snake information for homeowners, July 28

    Snake information for homeowners

    Fewer animals are disliked more than snakes. But most species in Missouri are harmless, and they actually offer several benefits.

    Did you know?

    • There are more than 50 species of snakes in Missouri, but only four are venomous.
    • Snakes are classified as vertebrates because they have a backbone.  
    • They are dry to the touch and not slimy.
    • A venomous snake will have elliptical pupils and a triangular head.
    • Snake venom has been used to develop human medicines.
    • It is illegal to kill snakes in Missouri.

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