As the cold nights warm into hot days, Oklahoma's native creatures are sure to start stirring first around SWOK. This includes our legendary venomous snakes. Sometimes caught in the crossfire, we have far more non-venomous snakes in our neck of the plains. Before you reach for the hoe or shovel, you might double-check to make sure you're not about to destroy an ally in your personal worry against dangerous snakes.

I live in West Lawton, in the middle of a large neighborhood, and even I run across snakes every year. Most of the lined variety, but I've seen bull, rat, and corn snakes close to the local park before. While your first instinct might be to start chopping off heads, it'd probably be better to just let it be. Especially if you're lucky enough to have a King snake slithering around your hood, they eat rats, mice, and other snakes including cottonmouths and rattlers. Not a bad bro to have around the house.

When I find these little fellers in my garden or along the side of my house, I usually leave them there. If I stumble across many of them, I've been known to spread them out around the property. I like to keep a snake near the shed to keep the rabbits and opossums out from under it. Snakes sure are easier to place than lattice work I'd have to weed out every year. As always, you don't want to be handling these danger noodles. Not only do they strike, they also wallow around in their own feces. That's just nasty.

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The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in Oklahoma

While catalytic converter and property theft seem to get all of the headlines recently, it's easy to forget how prevalent vehicle theft still is. Oddly enough, 20% of car thefts are reported to have had the keys accidentally left in unattended cars. You'll want to remain vigilant in protecting your ride, especially if you drive one of the ten most stolen vehicles in Oklahoma.

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Look inside this EPIC $4.4 Million Oklahoma Estate

It's being called the premier luxury listing in all of Oklahoma on This massive mansion in Arcadia, OK. at 400 Deep Fork Circle is listed by Ty Burnett of Engel & Voelkers Edmond. It currently has an asking price of $4,416,600 making it one of the most expensive houses for sale in the Sooner State. This epic 12,020 square foot estate sits on over 2.5 acres and features 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. It comes with its own guest house, resort infinity pool, cabana, and gym. The chef-inspired kitchen features all professional, commercial-grade appliances. There's a THX theater room and entertainment suite complete with its own bar. The master bedroom has a see-through fireplace, huge celebrity-style closets a garden room, and heated marble floors in the master bath. It has a basement a wine cellar and tons of outdoor patio and sitting areas. Scroll through the pictures below and take a virtual tour of this epic estate in Arcadia, OK.

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The Best Places to Live in Oklahoma

When it comes to living in Oklahoma, there is no shortage of opinions on where you should live. If you compare all of the different metrics--schools, cost of living, diversity, amenities, etc--you'll get a slightly different list every time... but if you compound all of them into one, you get this list. The best places to live in Oklahoma.

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