Timber Rattlesnake is Ohio's largest venomous snake at six
feet in length. Timber Rattler's are endangered and a
state protected species. These beautiful reptiles need
your help in order to survive.
For more information
on Timber Rattlesnakes,
These snakes are generally not aggressive, and are more
than happy to leave you alone. In fact, venomous snake
deaths in the United States are extremely rare... you
have a better chance of winning the lottery than death
from a snakebite.
Timber Rattlers have lost most of their natural
territory due to man. These snakes
mature slowly, do not reproduce often, and a large
number of their offspring do not survive to adulthood.
Coupled with the decline in natural habitat, this has
led to increasingly smaller numbers in wild populations
during the last several decades.
TIMBER RATTLESNAKES ARE NOT OUR ENEMY! These animals are
a vital link in the natural food chain, and they help
control rodent populations. If you see a Timber Rattler,
there is no need to harm or kill the snake. Most times,
you will never know if you are near one.
You can help by reporting any Timber Rattlesnake
sightings to the Wildlife Management & Research Group at
the ODNR Division of Wildlife (1-800-WILDLIFE).
Recording the date, exact location, and activity of the
snake will help wildlife management gather vital
information and continue to protect the species.
visit the Division of Wildlife's
life history notes.