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Rattlesnake Timber

Rattlesnake Timber
Species Name:
Crotalus horridus

Common Name:
Rattlesnake Timber

Species Name:
Crotalus horridus


KSNPC status is: Unlisted


Adults can reach to 5' but these old individuals are rarely seen in Kentucky any longer. Stout snake with a distinct head. Usually brown in coloration with dark brown or black "chevron" blotches.


A highly persecuted snake. Populations are becoming smaller and they should be vigorously protected. New research from the University of Louisville shows these snakes do not travel large distances and remain near their dens. Eats rodents up to the size of squirrels.

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