Understanding Timber Rattlesnakes – knowing how to identify them and how they behave in the wild – will help people better co-exist with this venomous reptile. It will also help to demystify the species and make it a more accepting part of our environment.
Black morph with black head/eyes (left) and yellow morph with yellow head/eyes (right).
Appearance of the Timber Rattlesnake
Behavior of the Timber Rattlesnake
The rattle is made up of segments of keratin. A new segment is added with each shed. These segments can easily break and fall off. A snake will rattle when agitated, and uses it's rattle as a warning device.
Common snakes are often confused
with the Timber Rattlesnake:
Milk snakes (top) and garter snakes (above) are often mistaken for timber rattlesnakes, even though they don't have rattles and are significantly smaller in size. Neither of them are poisonous and are commonly found in neighborhood backyards.
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