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Snakes on display

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Courtesy: Jim Harding Courtesy: Jim Harding

You can run into all kinds of snakes at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland.

“It may look venomous, it’s actually completely harmless,” said Michelle Fournier with the Chippewa Nature Center.

Fournier says not to panic when you spot a slithering creature.

“Typically most snakes are not going to be hurting you. The only exception is if you are trying to handle them. Which most people aren’t trying to do.”

Fournier says typically snakes will shy away from humans. She reminds us that there is only one type of venomous snake in Michigan, and it doesn’t really like to hang out around here.

“The Eastern Massasauga does have a rattle at the end. He has a triangle striped head. And again, very, very rare. Most people do not see them. In fact, I look for snakes for a living and I’ve seen one.”

There are many kinds you will see, like the Eastern Garter snake. The Nature Center is home to many native snakes you can check out.

Including the Black Rat snake, the largest snake in Michigan.

Fournier adds that even though most snakes in our area can bite, they most likely won’t if you leave them alone.

“To learn more about snakes. We have a live reptile and amphibian display, which these guys are on display. We do hikes and walks. Basically, again we are trying to promote respect and not fear for the snakes.

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