Have you ever seen a rattlesnake this big in the Hudson Valley? !
They go by many names: nope ropes, danger noodles, even sneks. There’s another name for the timber rattlesnake recently spotted in the Hudson Valley: damn huge.
Rattlesnakes in Minnewaska State Park, NY
A recent message to Hike the Hudson Valley and beyond The Facebook group lit up the comments section when photos of a MASSIVE Timber Rattlesnake were posted. “Timber Rattlesnake at Sam’s Point between Verkeerderkill Falls and High Point Peak. Checked with the reservation office just to be sure. read the post.
Rattlesnakes at Sam’s Point, NY
The commentators were in awe. “[If I saw it] I would probably have a panic attack that the sucker is ginormous,” one hiker joked. “He’s a big boy!” joked another commenter. “That’s huge,” stacked on a third. Some have also mentioned seeing rattlesnakes of similar sizes in Harriman, NY and Beacon, NY, so how big can this slippery spaghetti get?The answer is terrifying.
While the smallest adult female timber rattlesnake observed measured 28.4 inches, the the biggest the wood rattler has been measured in the southern United States at an astonishing speed 62.5 inches. It’s over five feet long. Are these snakes called “wood” because of where they live, or because they can literally be the size of a creepy tree? !
While poisonous snakes are obviously intimidating, the hiker who took these photos did the right (and safest) thing by waiting for the snake to move away from the trail before continuing. Timber rattlesnakes and copperhead snakes are the only two venomous snakes in the Hudson Valley (learn the easiest ways to identify them here), and while their bites are dangerous, both snakes are generally not aggressive as long as they do not feel threatened. . The American Hiking Society says most snakebites occur when people try to engage with reptiles.
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