Crotalus horridus ON EXHIBIT:
Cove Forest and Delta Swamp at River Journey.
Timber rattlesnakes hibernate in dens during the winter. The snakes will return to the same dens year after year. Timber rattlesnakes are venomous and you should keep away from wild specimens. However, these snakes are not aggressive. Their venom is used for defense and for immobilizing prey.
Although still fairly common in some local areas, the timber rattlesnake populations are decreasing.in numbers in most areas where it was once numerous due to unregulated collection and indiscriminate killing.
Fan Photo Photo by Brad
About This Animal
SIZE: 5.9 ft (180 cm)
RANGE: North Florida to southern Maine and west to central Texas and southeastern Minnesota, North America
HABITAT: In the South, low bottomlands, river beds, hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods and swamps; In the North: dry rocky, brushy areas
DIET: Primarily rodents