REPTILES OF THE METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN  NATURALIST
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Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

While the Timber Rattlesnake is probably not found in the Baltimore-Washington Metro area, I
included them because they are found in Western Maryland and parts of Virginia. This snake has
been killed off by people and by habitat destruction through most of its former range in Maryland
and Virginia, and is now on the state of Maryland's
 "Watch" list.

Other snakes in our area, including the Rat Snakes, Racers, Milk Snakes, Copperhead and others,
often rapidly vibrate their tail when disturbed or cornered. The sight of the rapidly vibrating tail and
the rattling sound made if the snake is on dry leaves causes many people to mistake harmless
snakes for rattlesnakes.
The snake in the pictures above is actually the southern coastal plain variety, often called Canebrake Rattlesnake. I found
this snake in a tree farm in South Carolina.
The Timber Rattlesnake in the pictures below was at Cooper's Rock State Forest in West Virginia. Cooper's Rock, and the
nearby Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area, are well known for their population of rattlesnakes. Cooper's Rock is about 3
hours drive from Baltimore or Washington, DC.

I did not have my camera with me when I came across this fellow, so I the pictures are taken with my cell phone.