SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Snakes are among Missouri’s most misunderstood animals. This is unfortunate, because beneath a snake’s fearsome 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 on Dec. 28 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free program “Reptiles: Snakes of Missouri” at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. This program will be from 14:00-15:00. The nature center is located in southeast Springfield at 4601 S. Nature Center Way. This program is designed for all ages. People can register for this program at

At the Dec. 28 event, MDC naturalist Jordanya Raos will discuss some of the common species of snakes found in Missouri. She will offer tips on how to identify the state’s venomous snakes and will also talk about the valuable pest control services snakes provide by hunting mice and rats.

Although this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and email bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the nature center or want more information about the facility or other upcoming events can call 417-888-4237.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state hold in-person and virtual programs. A list of these programs can be found at

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