Slithering Snakes

1 decade 7 months 22 hours ago February 23, 2006 Feb 23, 2006 Thursday, February 23 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:00:09 PM CST in News

It's an animal that startles a lot of people.  Josh deBerge took us to an unusual exhibit on the MU campus.

It's a slithering hideaway on the University of Missouri for some not too popular creatures. Welcome to Stewart Hall 202 with a layer of glass between you and the subject it's not your ordinary classroom.

"In Missouri, there are five species of venomous snakes and 31 species of non-venemous snakes like this milk snake. In this room there are four of those venomous species and a handful of the non-venemous species. And the question you may be asking is why?

"The animals we have here in this room are used not only for putting on public display, but they are used for a class we teach here at the university for a class on herpetology," said Daniel.

Although used for educational purposes in the department of biological sciences, the room is also open to the public.

Daniel hopes having the animals on display will prevent the needless killing of snakes due to misidentification.

"We try to keep all the venomous species that are native to the state on display. I am short on right now. As well as ones they are most likely to be confused with. 15 different types of snakes and an assortment of turtles and salamanders make up the collection. Most of them caught in Missouri.

So, how'd they catch them?

"Well we go to various parts of the state and find them and if we don't have a particular one on display we'll bring it back here and keep it," said Daniel.

 If you want an up close and personal look at these creatures while learning about Missouri snakes at the same time, this is your place. The exhibit is open year-round, during regular business hours.

Be sure to tune in next week as Josh journeys to the Branson scenic railway.

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