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Hi all- 


Had an interesting 4th. Neighbors and I found a 2-feet rattlesnake in our back yard. Despite not being native here at all, it was coiled and rattling, so I'm pretty sure we were spot on with our identification.


We tried to pin/trap it, but it escaped under our deck. Police said they don't handle snakes (though they said they'll take a shot at it if it's out in the open). Will be trying to call animal control later. If they balk too does anyone have any recommendations on people/services that might deal with this?


Also, anyone know of a Beaconite who is missing their pet rattle snake? I imagine it must be an escapee pet--not sure how else such a snake would find it's way up here. Also not sure why anyone would keep one as a pet.


(For those who are now scared silly, the snake was spotted in our backyard near Commerce/South Ave.)

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Comment by Lily on July 9, 2011 at 6:44pm


Copperheads have a pretty distinct color/pattern compared with other NY species (even as babies). A quick image search and I am pretty sure that you could tell on your own if what you are dealing with is a copperhead. If they aren't copperheads and they aren't rattlesnakes (which is likely the case), then there is nothing to worry about and I would just let them be. 

Comment by Amy Brosey on July 9, 2011 at 6:09pm
We have seen a few baby snakes lately and are hoping they are regular harmless snakes rather than baby copperheads.  I'd be interested to know if you find someone who is able to take a look at them and remove them.  In our case, we'd love to identify them for sure, so we know what we're dealing with.  :)
Comment by Brent Reidy on July 9, 2011 at 10:09am

Just looked at this. It definitely wasn't either based on the patterns. Looked very close to this a Massasauga which isn't native. Weird.


But, good news: haven't seen it since the first spotting!

Comment by Alex Cohen on July 9, 2011 at 7:39am
Comment by Alex Cohen on July 9, 2011 at 7:37am

In case it isn't clear from prior comments, timber rattlers ARE native to the area:

Comment by Scott Tillitt on July 8, 2011 at 12:18am

When someone spots a werewolf, I'm heading back to Brooklyn. No, scratch that: I'm headed back to my home state of Missouri!

Comment by Ben Royce on July 5, 2011 at 6:28pm

you're in downtown beacon




a moose in october last year, a mountain lion in ct, coyotes in westchester...


when do we spot a bear catching fish in fishkill creek?


when do we hear timber wolves at night howling on mt. beacon?




Comment by Philomena on July 5, 2011 at 11:10am
can't imagine how the city is supposed to fund someone with the skills to trap and handle poisonous snakes - glad that the DEC can step in here.
Comment by Brent Reidy on July 5, 2011 at 10:11am
Apparently the DEC has volunteer "rattlesnake responders". Am going to ring them now. Will let you all know what happens!
Comment by Lily on July 5, 2011 at 10:09am
While not something you would want to find in your yard, the timber rattlesnake is indeed a native species. It is rare that a person would find one in their yard, but certainly not unheard of. Furthermore, it is a threatened and protected species in NY and I would hope that it is trapped and relocated by a professional rather than killed if you encounter it again. I agree that this is something that the town should be able to handle, but if not, I am sure that a quick google search will turn up a number of animal control services in the area that could help take care of the snake.

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