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Beware of this rattlesnake in New Hampshire and the Mass. this summer

Did you know there are rattlesnakes in New England?

Well, there's actually only one species of rattlesnake in New England: the Timber Rattler.

This snake, as the name suggests, is a rattlesnake found in the Northeast near forests such as the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the forests of Massachusetts, etc.

The species was previously found in parts of Rhode Island and Maine. However, the Timber Rattler is completely extinct in these two states.

This is what the snake looks and sounds like:

To be clear, this snake is extremely dangerous as it contains harmful venom.

But we humans actually pose a greater threat to snakes than they do to us, at least numerically.

According to a New Hampshire Wildlife article, the Timber Rattler is a “species of regional concern” in the Northeast. This means that the species is more than endangered in these areas.

In New England, you are most likely to encounter one of these snakes in the White Mountains, Bear Brook State Park, Lake Winnipesaukee, and near Chesterfield/Swanzey.

Although there are Timber Rattler locations in New England, you'll probably never come across one. If you encounter one of these snakes, stay away. The snake could harm you, but you could harm the entire species by taking out just one.

Both Massachusetts and New Hampshire wildlife departments have asked the public to help report locations of the Timber Rattler.

So if you encounter one of these rare snakes, take a photo, note where you are, and slowly walk away. Try not to be one of those funny people who gets too close and gets bitten.

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