The Timber Rattlesnake
One of three members of the rattlesnake family found in North
Carolina and one of two species of venomous snakes commonly found
at Crowders Mountain State Park, the second being the Copperhead.
Timber rattlesnakes are so named for the woodland habitats they
prefer. They reach an average length of 36 to 72 inches, have dark
blotches and wavy crossbands. If you see a snake with bright yellow,
orange, or red on its body, you did NOT see a Timber Rattlesnake.
We are proud to have the Timber Rattlesnake present at the park
not only because of its important role as a rodent predator, but
also as an example of how Crowders Mountain is related to the mountains
of western North Carolina where it is more common. The Timber Rattlesnake
tends to shy from human activity remaining hidden in the forest.
Some rangers who have worked in the Park for years have never seen
What should you do if you see a rattlesnake? When discovered,
Timber Rattlesnakes usually remain still to hide or may attempt
to escape. Although they are extremely venomous, they prefer to
be left alone but will defend themselves when threatened. Just
remember, give them plenty of room and enjoy the fact that you
are very lucky to see one. All plants and animals in the park are
protected and are not to be harmed, including the Timber Rattlesnake!