TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Students spent Friday morning up close and personal with several snakes, all for educational purposes.
The event which took place at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, focused on snake safety.
Organizers want to make sure all those who visit the Trace and enjoy wild life will know what to do when they see a snake.
"If you see a snake take two steps back and walk away. If you take two steps back you are completely out of the danger zone of any venomous snake found in Mississippi. If people didn't kill snakes in Mississippi we would have about 15 snake bites a year instead of 200," said Terry Vandever also known as the "Snake Man."
Vandever went on to say the vast majority of all snake bits that happen in the state and across the country happen during the deliberate attempt to kill a snake. His advice is to leave them alone.