According to a press release issued by DEC, in July, Environmental Conservation Officers in Orange County, NY received a tip from the Woodbury Police Department about a rattlesnake found dead in a driveway with its head cut off and rattle missing. [Read more…] about Orange County Man Ticketed After Killing Rattlesnake
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. [Read more…] about Rattlesnake Makes Surprise Visit to Delaware County Living Room
Rattlers Working Northward
The late Cub Schaefer swore he once
dodged a rattlesnake on the trail up
Crane Mountain from the Putnam Farm.
But Cub had a reputation for the magical,
plus a smile broad as the Hudson River
—to put the utmost polite spin on it.
Years later, eastern rattlesnake expert
Martin Martin told me rattlers live no
farther north in the Adirondack Region
than Lake George, far south of here,
not to mention Crane’s elevation.
Global climate change does urge rattlers
on now, pushing their range northward.
Still, it’s a far cry south to Lake George,
and summer nights can be cold here.
It’s not uncommon to encounter a garter snake as summer weather become the norm. In New York State there are two species of garter snakes, the eastern or common garter snake, and the ribbon snake. Both are approximately a foot and a half to two feet in length and have the same prominent yellow strip running down the entire length of their back from the base of their head. [Read more…] about New York’s Garter Snakes: A Primer
Walking down my road on an early June afternoon several years ago, I spotted a snake attempting to cross into the underbrush. Covered in colorful splotches, it quickly slithered across the pavement and out of sight. I knew this wasn’t a gartersnake, a familiar visitor to my garden, and later identified the reptile as a milksnake. This was my first encounter with the species, and while I spotted another milk snake two years later, I might be hard-pressed to see one again. Milksnakes are secretive and largely nocturnal. [Read more…] about The Eastern Milksnake: A Primer
The yellow stripe down the center of its dark back and two yellow stripes along its sides identified it as a garter snake, our most common snake, found around rock piles, under logs, or – sometimes – even inside a house. [Read more…] about Garter Snakes: A Primer On Surprise Guests
NYS Environmental Conservation Officer George LaPoint reported that he responded to a residence in the town of Hague, Warren County, for a report of a trapped timber rattlesnake at residence where a family was vacationing on August 2nd. [Read more…] about Rattlesnake Surprises Warren Co Vacationers
Environmental Conservation Officer Jeff Cox reported that on June 20th he received a call from a concerned homeowner in Copake reporting a large rattlesnake on their front porch. [Read more…] about Rattlesnake Relocated from Columbia County