According to a press release issued by DEC, on July 6th at approximately 3 am, NYS Environmental Conservation Officer Osborne responded to a complaint of a rattlesnake in a residence in the town of Hancock, Delaware County, NY.
The caller reported he woke in the middle of the night to his dog barking in the living room. When he went to investigate, the man spotted a 3.5-foot timber rattlesnake on the living room floor and called for help. ECO Osborne captured the rattlesnake and released it back into the wild far from any homes.
Although they are not seen very often, timber rattlesnakes are native to New York State and they are venomous. Timber rattlesnakes are generally found in small, localized areas, and are considered a threatened species protected by law.
For more information visit DEC’s website.
Photo of Timber Rattlesnake removed from Delaware County home provided.