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Release Date: June 08, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. – Have you crossed paths with a snake and wondered if it was a dangerous pit viper or harmless rat snake?

A variety of experts will help you identify the snakes you could encounter June 14 at Pontotoc Technology Center, 601 W. 33rd Street, in Ada.

The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free of charge. Experts will teach you about snakes common to Oklahoma.

Ty Runyan, game warden with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Chickasaw Nation Wildlife Rangers, officials with Pontotoc County Wildlife Care and county emergency managers, will be on hand.

In addition to snake identification, basic first aid for bites will be taught along with how to avoid encounters entirely.

Door prizes will be given away.

Oklahoma is home to seven poisonous snakes – five species of rattlesnake – copperheads and cottonmouths, according to the website “OkieCritters.”

The website explains all snakes will flee from humans if given the opportunity. They can inflict a bite if surprised, stepped on or provoked, according to the site.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016