The timber rattlesnake, also commonly called the canebrake rattlesnake, is a relatively mild mannered member of the rattlesnake family. Though they are less likely to jump into a fight, they are still very fierce when cornered. The timber rattlesnake much prefers staying far away from human contact, and will usually slide away if it has an avenue of escape.
How Dangerous is The Timber Rattlesnake?
The timber rattlesnake, though not inclined to be overly aggressive, is still potentially lethal. The toxicity of a timber rattlesnake is not usually as lethal as the more volatile eastern and western diamondbacks, but they are still very dangerous rattlesnakes.
Their toxin is generally less destructive to the soft tissues, but can still kill a person if not treated quickly. The bite of the timber rattlesnake requires immediate medical attention.
Where Do You Find The Timber Rattlesnake?
Generally, the timber rattlesnake is protected and it’s numbers are dwindling due to a loss of habitat. They do not generally enjoy being near people, and as we encroach further on their habitat, they are finding themselves with no place to go. The timber rattlesnake can be found as far North as New England, and as far West as Texas. They are found in the vast majority of the East. They generally hang out in open fields, woodlands, prairies and grasslands. When they den, they usually like to do so in rocky areas.
What Does The Timber Rattlesnake Look Like and How Big Do They Get?
The timber rattlesnake is not a very long snake. It gets to about four feet on average, but can get as big as six feet in length. They tend to be on the fat side, and can get quite thick if the food is aplenty. Timber rattlesnakes can be a dark brown, yellow, or gray. Sometimes they are black. The timber rattlesnake has a chevron pattern or cross-band pattern.
What Does The Timber Rattlesnake Eat?
Timber rattlesnakes love to eat rats, lizards, other snakes, birds, rabbits and even the occasional frog. If it is edible and fits in their mouths, they will generally go for it.
Are There Similar Snakes That Look Like The Timber Rattlesnake
The timber rattlesnake shares it’s territory with the Eastern Diamondback, but few would mistake them for one another. The Eastern is generally much larger, but a young Eastern diamondback might be mistaken for a young adult timber rattlesnake to a person that is not familiar.