The warmer temperatures bring many Missourians outside and they’re bringing a lot of animals and insects out of hibernation. Folks and critters don’t always mix. Spring is a time when the flowers bloom and the grass gets greener and a lot of critters come out of hibernation. Kathy Cavender with the State Conservation Department reminds Missourians that while these animals are a pleasure to watch, they can be dangerous if touched by humans. Raccoons and other animals might have rabies or other diseases. Then there are the snakes. Poisonous snakes are found all over the state, from water moccasins in the south to rattlers in other parts of the state. Not all snakes are venemous, but a bite can be very painful, nonetheless.Cavender’s guide to wild animals: watch … don’t touch.
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