Of the poisonous snakes around here, we have Water Moccasins, Massasauga, Pygmy, Timber Rattlers, Copperheads and Corals. They all look different so you have to know the individuals. Corals have very small heads, hardly larger than their body.
I've been tromping around the woods, brush, creeks, rivers and swampy areas for over 60 years and never been bitten. It just isn't that common.
Missouri's Wildlife Code Protects Snakes
Few Missourians realize that all snakes native to our state are protected. The Wildlife Code of Missouri treats snakes, lizards, and most turtles as nongame. This means that there is no open season on these animals, and it is technically unlawful to kill them. There is a realistic exception, however: when a venomous snake is in close association with people, which could result in someone being bitten. We hope that more people realize that snakes are interesting, valuable, and, for the most part, harmless.
Hi CC this is what I try to do here as well. Most have been at the deck or the general area the kids play in. Rest of area is theirs. More and more building here and that always pushes them around. Have to be real careful when new places go in. Another neighbor coming in behind me so this summer I will need to be more watchful.