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Snakes of Oklahoma

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In this educational video, Mike Porter, senior wildlife and fisheries consultant, discusses characteristics of some of the most common snakes found in Oklahoma, with a special emphasis on species living in the south-central part of the state. Porter shows photos and gives tips to recognize many species as well as visual clues to help differentiate venomous and non-venomous snakes. He also talks about what to do and what not to do when a venomous snake bites.

Mike Porter serves as a senior wildlife and fisheries consultant with Noble Research Institute, where he has worked since 1980. He previously worked as an independent wildlife management consultant in South Texas. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science and a master’s degree in wildlife science, both from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and Certified Professional in Range Management. He has strong interest and management experience in rangeland ecology, the Cross Timbers and Prairies Ecoregion, prescribed fire, soil erosion stabilization, recreational leasing, small impoundments, aquatic plants, white-tailed deer, beaver damage prevention, northern bobwhite, eastern bluebird, ducks, snakes, largemouth bass and grass carp. 

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