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Captured in one of our snake traps. PIT tagged, measured, sexed, and released.
Young snake about 12-16 inches
I was teaching my fishing class when a large snake began swimming across the lake. I thought it was a watersnake until it got within twenty feet of the fishing dock. Once it was ashore, I wrangled it away from the kids and photographed the most beautiful timber rattlesnake I've ever seen.
Given where this snake was and how obvious it was, I would venture to say that someone ran this one over on purpose. Always sad to see but especially so in Ohio, where they are state-endangered.
A very endangered snake in Ohio that is barely hanging on in the state.
I try to take as few pictures of herps as possible to avoid stressing them out. Perhaps my photos suffer as a result, but I know that this species and many others are easily disturbed. This was taken about one minute after I encountered this snake, and I walked away shortly after.
Crotalus horridus, commonly known as the timber rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake or banded rattlesnake, is a species of venomous pit viper endemic to the eastern United States. This is the only rattlesnake species in most of the populous northeastern United States and is second only to its cousins to the west, the prairie rattlesnake, as the most northerly distributed venomous snake in North America. No subspecies is currently recognized.