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DO NOT kill Eastern Milksnakes!
milksnakes are harmless snakes that are beneficial in controlling
rodent populations. Although they may vibrate their tails &
strike when they feel threatened, Eastern milksnakes pose absolutely
no threat to people. They simply bluff
to get you to LEAVE THEM ALONE! In the event that you are ignorant
(stupid!!!) enough to kill one, please don't e-mail to tell
us of your murderous actions, as you won't like what we have
to say to you in return.
are one of the most misunderstood creatures known to mankind.
The Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) was once extremely
common throughout New England, but through time, hatred and ignorance,
man has managed to decimate much of the original population of
the animals in this area. Bounty hunting and habitat destruction
have taken severe tolls on the Timber Rattlesnake, which can take
up to nine years to reach sexual maturity
and has a low reproductive rate in the wild. In other words, these
snakes are disappearing at a rate much faster than they are able
to reproduce, and we are losing an important predatory component
of our ecosystem in this area as a result!
at NERD we are extremely interested in the preservation and conservation
of Timber Rattlesnakes and their habitat. These are not vicious,
bloodthirsty killers. Timber Rattlesnakes are actually very shy
creatures who wish nothing more than to be left alone. People
quite often believe that venomous snakes are insidious, evil animals
that want nothing more than to bite every person who comes across
their path, but this simply is not so. Rattlesnakes have venom
for the purpose of securing and digesting their prey - mainly
small rodents. It makes an extremely poor defense against large
creatures (i.e. people!), and these snakes would much rather hide,
quietly camouflaged, and let such a "threat" pass them
are working very hard to document the presence of Timber Rattlesnakes
in New Hampshire and surrounding states. They are almost extinct
in New Hampshire, and have not been seen in Maine since 1901.
If you have seen Timber Rattlesnakes in your area, please contact
us at 603.382.2772 ext 71 or
with information. We are extremely grateful for any valuable info
regarding the presence of Timber Rattlesnakes in New England.
severely depleted. Quick development is taking a serious toll
on some of the not well known dens.
last sighting in 1901. I think we may still have them there!
2005 will tell! We have an excellent account regarding a sighting
from a very reliable source.
through most of range. There are still populations in some
areas but a mere shadow of what once was. Blue Hills reservation
is a POOR, POOR example of Timber & Copperhead protection.
This is what happens when nothing is really done in a pro
through most of range. We have a single small population left
and that does not look good long term. We need to locate the
rest before it is too late. I know of two small populations
that have had the dens destroyed in just the past several
protected populations. Still dens with impressive numbers.
NY has done some of the better work protecting their Timbers.
maybe NOT!! 2005 has HOPE! We have new information that
could really add hope!
threatened & declining. A very limited number of populations
are left and one of the best protected populations seems to
be losing a large number of its animals to poachers.
Timber Rant, Jan. 2005
is winter and I am dying to go out an verify many accounts of
new possible areas from people with some great info.
to tell if it is a Timber...
get lots of people contacting me that think they may have seen
a Timber when it was actually another snake. Here are some tips
on identifying your snake. Timbers are not aggressive and nervous.
They will often let you approach without moving, as you get too
close they will either pull into a coil or try to scoot off. When
they crawl off they may lift their tail inches above the ground
and rattle as they crawl away. The rattle is more like a buzz!
If they coil up they may buzz with their tail often in the air,
some will only rattle if antagonized. The tail is thick, the area
before the rattle is dark grey. The rattle is often noticeable
and typically tan and waxy appearing. Rattlesnakes are thick compared
to their length, their scales are heavily keeled and rough looking.
The head is noticeably large, much wider than the neck. Their
eyes often have a menacing look to them and they have a long black
tongue that may hang out for a period as they taste the air.
happened to the Timbers and Copperheads?
Think of one thing and wrap your mind around it. There are more
people alive right now than the number of people that have ever
died in the history of mankind. That is an incredible fact that
does not leave much room for species of animals that we often
share a strong ignorance and dislike for.
- We continue to eat up all possible space to build new homes
and commercialize. We do not leave areas untouched, we tend to
create islands that do not leave enough area to support many native
species. Rattlesnakes need room, they are vulnerable when the
wrong people know where they are. We are losing wild areas. In
your short time living on this planet you have watched your child
haunts change into developed human sprawl. Where are the fields?
The farms are turning into condominium developments. Everyone
seems to be selling off their property to make some serious money
to the next developer. At what point will there be nothing left?
the Universe....it is what we do!
there were great populations that were killed with a vengeance.
In our history there were bounties, hatbands, snake oil use and
a need to save people from the possible danger of being bitten
by a venomous serpent. Snake hunters and concerned peasants...ummm....
I mean kind wonderful warm hearted open minded people would find
the dens and shoot, smash, burn, crush, gas and stomp them to
did these snakes do?
have venom to kill mice. Great thought and open mindedness, very
impressive. Snake killers delighted in the excitement of killing
something that would impress and attract attention to themselves.
Big tough men kill snakes beneath big giant club. They saved the
day once again. Unfortunately these people are far too common
and exist even to day, ignorance is bliss.
could really go on...
have we done to save these snakes in the New England area?
told you it was illegal to kill them. We tell the developer we
will fine you if you bulldoze that protected den up to $1,000.00.
That is right, the developer may have to pay $500.00 or a bit
more if he decides to destroy a Timber den that took eons to create.
Well, in the grand scheme of things what is that to GIANT developments?
Nothing...did I say NOTHING? Yeah, well that fits....
den is gone, I guess there is no longer critical habitat for an
endangered species. Go build that wonderful little school yard,
go build that business, go build another million homes! Protecting
most endangers species is a joke, we really do not do much to
help them. We wait till they are almost gone and then we react,
often we act too late and they just vanish like a wisp of smoke.
really can't effectively protect a species that people strongly
dislike. If the public opinion is less than filled with love that
species falls to the end of the list and eventually lost. Wolves
and rattlesnakes don't get much love. The general public outcry
is that they don't want "dangerous" animals in "their"
was there first? Like that EVER matters!!
then try to protect and research the animals with people that
really do not understand snakes. They are not qualified to protect
or serve these animals since they just waste time playing researcher.
What they accomplish is often nothing more than childish non sense.
There are a few people that research and KNOW these snakes. These
people are gifted and have a great value in the protection of
Timbers. They are few and far between. Most researchers and efforts
by the states are utter failures. Look at our dismal track record
in states such as RI, NH, MA and Maine. Rhode Island just sat
back and watched them die off. Maine did not care back then, they
probably don't care now. Massachusetts has a few good men but
areas like the Blue Hills in Canton had a decent population that
they protect but do nothing to help the population. They are going
quick, they have done nothing to help them. New England states
do nothing pro active since they fear that the public will not
be happy if they help a dangerous little snake!! A steak knife
can inflict more damage on you in a second than this dreaded serpent!
Never the less they won't do anything pro active since they are
public servants and must be politically correct.
Hampshire..... we may have had over 60 known dens in the 60's.
Add 30 or 40 years and you get one? Yes, we have done a fine job
at protecting them in New Hampshire. Live free or die? This is
a LAME state slogan! Governor Benson was an Environmental NIGHTMARE!
We do not protect endangered species in NH, well not really! We
have a single person up the chain that has a personal interest
in TImbers and he is the only thing I see in the entire state
that offers any hope to help these animals. If they get any attention
they get it because it is a personal hobby to him!!
is LAME! The one person that has power to help them and only because
he happens to like Timbers? He makes it part of his job to protect
the last population. The non game division should be helping protect
and save them. The people involved are not reptile savvy and need
a REAL reptile influence...well, that is if they actually care.
They don't, there is no money, and there does not seem to be much
interest in saving these serpents. We can just hold our breath
just a bit longer and they will be gone in a wink of the eye!
How can people that should be saving these endangered animals
save them if they don't know or understand the animal they are
that is enough for now but there is sooo much to complain about
it is endless. I only wish I can make a difference up here and
I am doing my absolute best to be pro active, uncover and save
what little remains.
appreciate all of the help I am getting from various persons!
understand that while venomous, Timber Rattlesnakes DO NOT pose
a threat to people IF UNDERSTOOD and regarded as a wild animal.
In the event that you encounter a Timber Rattlesnake, simply observe
it from a distance and leave it in peace (and in one piece!)...then
call and tell us about it!