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A Rockland rattlesnake


tjndc5-5lwxomzk4bpyk11v7ov_layout.jpgOnly 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.

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 12:36 pm by Mike Risinit. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Rockland County, timber rattlesnake



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SBenischekJournal News staff writer Greg Clary writes Earth Watch, reporting on environmental issues in the lower Hudson region. Clary has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Journal News since 1988 and has covered police and courts, transportation, municipal government, development and the environment in the Lower Hudson Valley, among other topics.
Laura IncalcaterraLaura Incalcaterra covers the environment, open space and zoning and planning issues for The Journal News. A Boston College graduate, Laura grew up in Rockland, attended East Ramapo schools and has worked for The Journal News since 1993. Laura has written features and covered North Rockland, crime, government and a host of other issues.
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