We have them and protect them because historically they are a part of our region. Since they are an endangered species, and we care deeply about preservation, we feel obligated to make sure that they do not go extinct.
Do they come on to our property?
Yes, in the summer months usually from June-Mid September, we do get Timber Rattlesnakes that travel onto our property. You never know where you are going to see one, so if you're hiking during those months please be extra cautious.
Are they venomous(poisonous)?
Yes, they are venomous. They are a non-aggressive snake, and they should not go out of their way to strike you. Do not test this, and do not get too close. Generally, they just like to sit in the sun and bask, but they do startle and slither off from time to time.
What should I do if I see a Timber Rattlesnake?
Do not touch them under any circumstances. Please notify an employee at the Nature Center, and let them know where you saw it, and how big it was. The best way to deal with Timber Rattlesnakes is not to deal with them. They are an endangered species as well. By law, you are not allowed to touch them, move them, or harm them.
Why do we have Timber Rattlesnakes?
What do I do in case I get bit?
First, don't panic. Call 911 immediately. Let them know what happened. They will be able to contact the local hospitals to see where to get anti-venom. You will want to get to a hospital to be treated with anti-venom as soon as possible. Remember, don't panic. The faster your heart rate the quicker the venom is pumped through your body.