Understanding Timber Rattlesnakes – knowing how to identify them and how they behave in the wild – will help people better coexist with this venomous reptile. It will also help to demystify the species to make it a more accepting part of our natural environment.
Black morph with black head/eyes (left) and yellow morph with yellow head/eyes (right). Blue eye indicates preshed.
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, using it’s rattle as a warning device.
Common snakes often confused
with the Timber Rattlesnake:
BIOLOGY of the Timber Rattlesnake
BEHAVIOR of the Timber Rattlesnake
Milk snakes and garter snakes are often mistaken for timber rattlesnakes, even though they don't have rattles and are significantly smaller in size. Neither of them are venomous and are commonly found in neighborhood backyards.
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