Common questions

What are some fun facts about timber rattlesnakes?

What are some fun facts about timber rattlesnakes?

Fun Facts

  • Timber rattlesnakes are skilled climbers and have been discovered in trees at heights of more than 80 feet.
  • They have many common names throughout their range, including American viper, black rattlesnake, eastern rattlesnake, timber rattler and canebrake.

How many timber rattlesnakes are left in Wisconsin?

Two species of rattlesnakes inhabit Wisconsin: the timber rattlesnake and the eastern massasauga. The eastern massasauga is state endangered and proposed as federally threatened. This species is extremely rare and remains at only 9 sites within its historic range.

What do you do if you see a timber rattlesnake?

If you have a timber rattlesnake in your yard that is causing concern, you may contact your local law enforcement center for assistance. They have a list of people who will respond to rattlesnake calls and can relocate a snake, if needed, or provide advice on how to get the snake to move away from your property.

Are Wisconsin Timber Rattlesnakes poisonous?

The massasauga is one of the two venomous snakes in Wisconsin, the timber rattlesnake is the other.

What eats timber rattlesnakes?

Young timber rattlesnakes fall victim to a variety of natural predators, including hawks, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, skunks and king snakes.

What is the largest snake in Wisconsin?

Bullsnake, also known as gophersanke, is the largest in the state and can grow as long as 80 inches. It’s native to the counties on the far western edge of Wisconsin, roughly tracking the Mississippi, Wisconsin and St. Croix rivers.

What do you do if you get bit by a massasauga rattlesnake?

Call emergency services (911) and get to a hospital as quickly and safely as possible. DO NOT apply ice or a tourniquet. DO NOT cut or apply suction to the bite area.

What is the most poisonous snake in Wisconsin?

Among the roughly 21 species of snakes that call Wisconsin home, there are two that are venomous – the timber rattlesnake and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Both snakes live in the southwestern part of the state.

Where is the timber rattlesnake located?

Timber rattlesnakes can be found in the eastern United States from southern Minnesota and southern New Hampshire, south to east Texas and north Florida.

Does Wisconsin have rattlesnakes?

There are two species of rattlesnakes in Wisconsin (timber rattlesnake and eastern massasauga) although both species, especially the eastern massasauga, are very rare.

What is the range of a rattlesnake?

Rattlesnakes can range from one to eight feet, depending on the species (the big one is the eastern diamondback), according to the National Wildlife Federation. They are thick-bodied snakes with keeled (ridged) scales in a variety of colors and patterns.