The Timber Rattlesnake

(Crotalus horridus horridus)

There is no greater thrill than seeing a timber rattlesnake up close in the wild. They are timid, quiet and unassuming, and will strike only when they feel threatened. As long as we respect the snakes’ domain and do not disrupt their natural behaviors, they can be observed and appreciated at a safe distance.

There are many studies being done for the conservation and management of rattlesnakes in New York State. Field biologists have been doing research for more than 35 years to learn what they can about the behavior and habitats of the timber rattlesnake. Efforts are being made in other states as well to protect and preserve the species. It is a challenging effort with both commercial and residential development displacing dens and habitats. Education is a key factor in protecting the species, as well as enforcing laws that prohibit poaching and selling of snakes.

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