Some people make unique choices about how to spend their time. I'm not judging, but this is one I'm gonna take a hard pass on. Some brave individuals voluntarily decide to go spend quality time outside hanging out with snakes in Missouri and Illinois and many are venomous, too.  I'm talking about the snakes, of course.

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The hobby of Herping as defined by Wikipedia is a " the act of searching for amphibians or reptiles". To say this is an acquired taste for only a few brave people is an understatement. One of the more popular YouTube channels for this pastime is NKFherping. Just a few days ago, they shared video of a recent expedition saying:

A fantastic day in Illinois and Missouri with good company, and a slower day exploring sandy prairies of Missouri!

Let's go Herping or at least watch others...herp. (*ahem*)

You don't wanna mess with this big boy. This is a very venomous Copperhead.

NKFherping via YouTube
NKFherping via YouTube
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This light-colored snake might look innocent, but this Timber Rattlesnake can put you in the E.R. quickly.

NKFherping via YouTube
NKFherping via YouTube
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This harmless dude is a Blue Racer and like the name says is really a fast-mover.

NKFherping via YouTube
NKFherping via YouTube
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It seems these guys like Milk Snakes - a lot.

NKFherping via YouTube
NKFherping via YouTube
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This hobby isn't for everyone (understatement), but have to admire the knowledge that these guys possess about what snakes they're dealing with and how they can handle them. I highly recommend watching their full adventure as they show that what some of us refer to as "nope ropes" really can be better understood and even protected.

Slither Through Some of the Snakes You'll Find in Colorado

There are a reported 28 different species of snakes in Colorado. They range from non-venomous to venomous, which are only three different types of rattlesnakes.

Take a look at the most common snakes in Colorado: