Close-up Photo of Timber Rattlesnake Rattlecourtesy of Scott A. Smith
Prefer upland forested areas with rocky outcrops and talus slopes.
This is a shy species; they avoid areas frequented by humans. Diurnal during the spring and fall, nocturnal during summer to avoid the heat. Most active in the spring following hibernation. Warning – this is a venomous snake. Do not attempt to capture or handle. They will readily bite if provoked, and bites are extremely painful. Seek medical attention immediately if bitten.
Photo of Habitat for Timber Rattlesnake courtesy of R. Harrison Wiegand
Exclusively a western Maryland species, from Frederick to Garrett County, although historical records place these snakes east to the Susquehanna River.
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Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
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