“Overcoming fear with education promotes understanding”

"Overcoming fear with education promotes understanding"
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NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – The Newton County Sheriff’s Office released a PSA informing residents to stay cool when dealing with our cold-blood buddies in the wild.

As the weather warms up, our local reptile population will become active once again, the NCSO states.

“Although it’s always a controversial topic, leaving our native snakes, lizards and turtles to play their role in our ecosystem is the best policy. Snakes are the subject of a lot of phobias, but overcoming fear with education promotes understanding.”

-Deputy Kruse

Snakes like this Western Rat Snake help to balance the population of rodents and are beneficial to have around, so be sure to let them live in peace.