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Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you need to know about snakes

Whether inside or out, at home or at play, living in Oklahoma often means dealing with pests. This page compiles resources from Oklahoma State University experts about keeping your family safe and prepared.


Snakes are more scared of you than you are of them

Spending time outdoors, tending to a garden, working on a brush pile or even weed eating the yard will increase the chances of encountering one of Oklahoma’s slithery occupants.

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Snake bites to people, pet and livestock

Snakebites do not typically occur because the reptile is attacking or being overly aggressive. Rather, most are the result of the timid creature being startled and going into self-defense mode.

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How to ID a venomous snake

Most snakes are harmless to humans. They pose no real threat, lack venom and are oftentimes very docile.

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Only seven species of snake found in Oklahoma are venomous

The vast majority of the more than 40 species of snake found in Oklahoma are nonvenomous, but that does not mean they do not strike fear in many people.

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Snake & Horses

Kris Hiney, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist, gives horse-owners tips about snakes in this SUNUP segment. (6/18/16)

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Watch your Step Oklahoma

This SUNUP segment will help you identify common snakes in Oklahoma, as well as determine venomous and non-venomous characteristics. Interviews include Oklahoma State University herpetology professor Stanley Fox and graduate student Justin Agan. (6/11/16)

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Snake in the Landscape

Dwayne Elmore identifies snakes common to Oklahoma. (10/31/15)

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