The Timber


(Crotalus horridus)

“There's no greater

thrill than seeing a

Timber Rattlesnake

up close in the wild!”

—Polly Smith-Blackwell

Seeing Timber Rattlesnakes up close in the wild is a thrilling experience. They are a non-aggressive, quiet and very impressive animal. Contrary to popular belief, rattlers will strike only when they feel threatened. As long as we respect their domain and do not disrupt their natural behaviors, we can observe and appreciate them as they truly are in the wild.

Ongoing research is being done for the conservation and management of rattlesnakes in the northeast. Field biologists have been collecting data for more than 35 years to learn what they can about the behavior and habitats of the Timber Rattlesnake, contributing to the protection of the species. With both commercial and residential development displacing dens and habitats more and more as time goes on, the more we can learn about the Timber Rattlesnake, the more leverage we have in ensuring their long-term survival.

Education is a key factor in protecting the species, as well as enforcing laws that prohibit poaching and selling of snakes.

This site is sponsored by Polly Smith-Blackwell, a licensed Timber Rattlesnake handler in New York State, to help educate the public about this reptile, and to further the understanding of a very misunderstood animal.

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