This fat fellow sunning on a gravel road near the McGill Bridge on the Grand River is the prairie kingsnake. It is harmless, according to Daviess County Conservation Agent Alan Bradford. It actually eats other snakes, Agent Bradford said, including venomous species. It is immune to the venom of copperheads, cottonmouths and rattlesnakes.
The Missouri Department of Conservation website on "Snakes of Missouri" says the Prairie Kingsnake is a fairly