Familiarize yourself with the snakes of the area, both venomous and non-venomous species, before venturing out into the woods, or attempting to clear your lot. Snakes like to hide in leaves and other brush.
Snakes also require sunlight to maintain their body heat. Sometimes they lay on rocks, roadways and other area's to bath in the sunlight.
Missouri has 46 species and subspecies of snakes, most of which are harmless. Though they may bite in self-defense, they produce only scratches or very small bite-marks. There are only 5 species of venomous snakes in Missouri, all of which are pit vipers, which means that they have a sensory pit on each side of their head. They also have a pair of hollow fangs at the front of their upper jaw, and vertical pupils (like a cat). The venomous snakes in Missouri are: copperheads, western cottonmouths or water moccasins, timber rattlesnakes, eastern massasauga rattlesnakes, and western pigmy rattlesnakes.
For a complete list of the type of snakes found in Missouri Click Here
Snakes aren't the only dangers in the woods, there are plenty of spiders, caterpillars and many other dangers.
Other stinging caterpillars in Missouri are the saddle-back caterpillar (Acharia stimulea), stinging rose caterpillar (Parasa indetermina), buck moth caterpillar (Hemileuca maia), and the io moth caterpillar (Automeris io)
Below you'll find a variety of different dangerous insects, spiders, snakes, etc.
There are 30 unique species of spiders in Missouri
Common spider bites: Click Here - Spider Bite Information
Typical spiders to be aware of in Southeast Missouri - Click Here
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