THE DANGER: The Timber Rattlesnake, scientific name crotalus horridus, is one of two poisonous snakes that can be found in Connecticut. The Timber primarily makes its home in Litchfield county, particularly in the northwest corner of the state near the New York border. Timbers can grow to up to 54 inches, have poisonous venom but are primarily docile creatures. PREVENTION: Prevention is as simple as identifying which varieties of snakes are poisonous, which are not and making a concerted effort to avoid the former. The Timber Rattlesnake can be identified by its distinct pattern of black markings. The Timber can also be identified by the rattles at the end of its tail. The rattles are composed of a series of nested, hollow beads which are actually modified scales from the tail tip. Each time the snake sheds its skin, a new rattle segment is added. If you are bitten by a Timber Rattlesnake, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Read the Connecticut DEP's guide to snakes in Connecticut for more information.
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