TRR photo by Sandy Long
This black phase Eastern timber rattlesnake is listed as a Candidate Species in PA and as a Threatened Species in NY. Less common is the yellow phase timber rattlesnake, which sports golden and brown patterns. Both color phases are considered permanent and do not change over time.
Dont be rattled by Crotalus horridus
Last week, I encountered a black phase rattlesnake silently crossing a dirt road in Pike County, PA. The last time I came upon a rattlesnake in the wild was more than 20 years ago. Neither snake threatened me or my dog in any way. Nor did we threaten them, and all of us continued along our paths unharmed.
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