The WVDNR is requesting timber rattlesnake observations from the public in order to better
understand the distribution of this declining reptile. Timber rattlesnakes provide ecological
benefits and function as top predators in forest ecosystems, controlling small mammal populations,
such as mice and chipmunks, that are capable of transmitting diseases like Lyme disease and Hantavirus
Pulmonary Syndrome. By understanding the distribution of the timber rattlesnake, the WV DNR will be
able to better manage rattlesnake populations in the Mountain State.
The timber rattlesnake is a large, heavy bodied snake with a wide head and narrow neck.
Adult timber rattlesnakes can reach lengths of up to 4 feet. Timber rattlesnakes also have a rattle
at the end of the tail, characteristic of the snake's name.
Photo credit Paula Waggy
Photo credit J Fenske
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Thank you for your participation! Your contribution is extremely valuable to the conservation of West Virginia's State Reptile!
You can learn more about the timber rattlesnakes and other wildlife at WWW.WVDNR.gov.