Nature April 29, 2020
Watch Your Step, More Rattlesnakes And Copperheads Are Emerging From Their Dens Around New York
From out along the Great Lakes to down along Long Island, you’ll find that all throughout the state of New York you can find an assortment of wildlife. While each of our regions has their own creatures that are prevalently running rampant through the area, there are some forms of wildlife that every one of our residents are familiar with. New Yorkers may think that the only slithering animal they’ll ever encounter is that of an average garter snake, but today we’re here to tell you that now that spring has sprung, you’ll want to watch your step for venomous snakes that are emerging throughout the Empire State. See for yourself.
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While you may commonly associate venomous creatures and snakes with our states that reside out west and are more dessertous, here in New York State, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, you can find not one but
three venomous snakes.
Luckily, for most people in New York, you’ll only encounter one of these snakes along a hiking trail in secluded areas that are away from populated areas and attractions, or in more rare circumstances, in your yard or even underneath the hood of your car.
First up, you have the Timber Rattlesnake - eek! New Yorkers can primarily find these snakes downstate within the Hudson Valley, and sometimes making its way up to places like the southern Adirondacks around Lake George, and other secluded areas of Central New York.
Growing to be anywhere from 3 to 4 feet in size, the Timber Rattlesnake is one that's considered to be very venomous and dangerous, emerging throughout our state during the springtime.
The majority of snakes you'll find coming out in New York during the springtime, right around the time we're beginning to head outdoors to enjoy the fresh, warm weather and all of our favorite trails.
With that said, the other venomous snake that you'll want to keep an eye out for is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake! New Yorkers who call areas between Syracuse and Rochester home should keep an eye out for these guys, the smallest of our state's venomous snakes that are only 1 to 3-feet in size.
Last but not least, the third venomous snake that you'll want to be acquainted with as a New Yorker is the Northern Copperhead - a tan and slightly pinkish snake that's bite is venomous to both humans and pets.
The most common venomous snake that's here in New York, the Northern Copperhead is another snake that you'll see emerging around the springtime in our state. Thriving throughout the Hudson Valley in wooded areas where our residents like to go hiking and swimming, you'll want to seek immediate medical attention if you're bitten by any of these three snakes in our state.
If you live in the Hudson Valley and want to avoid inviting these sort of slithering friends into your area, then be sure to be mindful of keeping rodent populations down, store firewood in a box or shed instead of the outdoors, avoid using wood-based mulch as much as you can, keep your yard clear, and seal any gaps or holes in your foundation that the snakes can hibernate into.
To find out more about New York's venomous snakes,
If you’re looking to stay up to date on the rest of our state’s wildlife, then be sure to also read about how Thousands Of Singing Spring Peepers Are A Welcome Sound Of Normalcy Here In New York! Address: Hudson Valley, NY, USA