DEC officials find rattlesnake at Lake George Hotel

DEC officials find rattlesnake at Lake George Hotel
DEC officials find rattlesnake at Lake George Hotel

LAKE GEORGE – Two officers from the Department of Environmental Conservation recently put their training into practice when they managed to rescue a rattlesnake during a rattlesnake safety training course.

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The timber rattlesnake that was safely removed from a Lake George hotel by DEC officials.


Officers Matthew Thibodeau and Ryan Kelley were attending a course in Lake George on June 20 when they received a call reporting a rattlesnake in the common area of ​​a Lake George hotel, about five minutes away from their training course.

“Officers arrived on scene, successfully captured the juvenile forest rattlesnake and released it back into the wild,” the DEC reported on its website.

According to the DEC, there is a large breeding population of timber rattlesnakes in Lake George and the South Bay Area on Lake Champlain. Timber rattlesnakes can grow up to three to four feet long and, according to the DEC, they are the largest venomous snake in New York.

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Wood rattlesnakes are found from southern New Hampshire through the Appalachians to northern Florida and west to southeast Texas, southeast Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Wood rattlesnakes live in deciduous forests as well as lowland wetlands or residential areas near their dens.

Timber rattlesnakes feed primarily on squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and small birds. According to the DEC, timber rattlesnakes use their venom to immobilize their prey. Their venom can be fatal to humans if a bite is not treated properly.

According to the DEC, no rattlesnake deaths have been reported in the New York wilderness in recent decades. Rattlesnakes do not attack humans unless threatened or provoked.

If you encounter a timber rattlesnake, keep a safe distance of at least six feet and let it move on. You should not attempt to kill or collect a timber rattlesnake. If you are accidentally bitten, you should seek medical attention immediately or call 911, according to the DEC.

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