Lauren Copple is an educator. You can tell by the way she tells a story as she holds the non-venomous snakes she will have for her upcoming class for kids: SNAKES OF MISSOURI a part of the Nature’s Explorer series for elementary age children presented by the Wildcat Glades Friends Group.
Even though most of us aren’t 7-12 years old perhaps we all need a little refresher on snakes? Especially SNAKES OF MISSOURI? So we are going with some easy highlights.
SHAPE OF THE HEAD
“The wider head, where you see it says venomous, behind the jaws they actually have venom glands. Which actually pushes them more out and makes them more distinctive,” Lauren tells us.
“The non-venomous snake does not have those [puffy sides] so he’s more of a flat head and slender, so it’s pretty easy to tell at first glance. Having a skinny head is almost a dead giveaway.”
PATTERNS ON THE BACK
Now the head is a good way to tell even if a snake is deceased. You can tell a venomous snake by the pattern. Referring to the image above Lauren tells us,”this top one is a pygmy rattlesnake. prairie massasauga , timber rattle and then the very common, copperhead.”
“A copperhead has those hershey kiss shapes on their side. They are not squares, they are not diamonds, they are very predominant triangles. And that’s the best way to know. Getting a card like this and studying those patterns. So you can really get to know your snakes.”
NATURE’S EXPLORERS : SNAKES OF MISSOURI CLASS
“This free, interactive class is designed for kids ages 7 to 12 who are curious about nature. In this class kids will learn about various snakes of Missouri. They will learn how to distinguish between venomous and nonvenomous snakes, discover snake habitats & diet, and appreciate fun facts about snakes.”
To join the June 26 FREE class you must pre-register by clicking here: http://bit.ly/WildcatExplorer