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Rattlesnake turns up at auto shop in Southern Tier: DEC says it’s rare, but species is native to New York

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Rattlesnakes in New York? The DEC says a recent incident in Steuben County highlights the risk for a select species of venomous snake.


An Environmental Conservation Officer responded to a report of a potential rattlesnake at an auto shop in the Southern Tier.

After confirming through a photo that the snake was indeed a timber rattlesnake, Officer Baker and Lieutenant Lochner of the DEC Law Enforcement’s Wildlife Response Team arrived at the scene.

Armed with specialized equipment including a snake hook, bag, and lockable box, they safely captured and relocated the rattlesnake to nearby State land.

Timber rattlesnakes are native to New York State, but they are a threatened species and protected by law.

While encounters are rare, these venomous snakes are generally confined to small, localized areas. The officers successfully managed the situation without harm to the snake or the public, underscoring the importance of informed wildlife management. For additional information on timber rattlesnakes in New York, the DEC provides resources on its website.