A Rockland rattlesnake
Only three kinds of poisonous snakes occur naturally in New York, according to SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Those would be the copperhead, the massasauga and the timber rattler.
Timber rattlesnakes are active from late April until mid-October, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Active enough, anyways, to stow away in a pickup truck, as this rattler did in New Hempstead over in Rockland County.
The photo, courtesy of the Spring Hill Ambulance Corps., shows the rattler slithering out of a truck belonging to a Spring Hill Ambulance Corps medic. The rattler hitched a ride with him Tuesday as he drove from his Orange County home to New Hempstead, where the ambulance corps is located.
Here’s SUNY-ESF’s “Snakes of New York” fact sheet.