Timber Rattlesnake


Timber Rattlesnake
 

     Threatened in NY State, populations of Timber Rattlesnakes declined, first from persecution for rewards and then from habitat loss.  So, it was a treat to see this beautiful specimen.  Unlike most other snakes we see, this one did not scurry rapidly away.  It remained coiled in place and then slowly moved off.  It vibrated its rattles as it disappeared, and we were left wondering if that warning was intended for us or for something it found in the vegetation.
     Timber Rattlesnakes do not breed until at least 5 years old for males or 7 years old for females, and females produce only one brood every 3 to 5 years.  This specimen appears to be at least 5 years old. 


 

 
 
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