Sunday, September 30, 2007
The timber rattlesnake is a kind of pit viper. They breed in fall, shortly after emergence from hibernation. A female viper gives birth every other year and they have 5 to 17 young. The babies are about 10 to 13 inches when hatched. Their habitats are remote wooded hillsides with rock outcrops in the north unsettled swampy areas, canebrake thickets, and floodplains in the south. Their range is extreme southwest. They range from south to north in Maine, west into southeast in Florida, Minnesota and central Texas. The timber rattlesnake's scientific name is Crotalas borridus. They are active April to October. In the day time, spring and fall. The timber rattlesnake preys on squirrels, mice, chipmunks, and even small birds.