Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: July 04 2002,10:25 am
I've retired "Penny's Point" at Letchworth Park (NY), due to two reports of close encounters on different days in early July with a large (40 inches long, 2-1/2 inch diameter, 8 rattles) timber rattlesnake that has taken up residence in the cache area. (also, the cache appears to be missing, both parties looked quite a while without finding it before encountering the "guard snake"; at that point they gave up the search).
I checked the New York State DEC's Amphibian and Reptile Atlas,
and there have been no reports of rattlers anywhere in the Letchworth area (the nearest is 15-20 miles away), so it would appear to be an uncommon hazard, but it certainly warrants paying attention, especially with kids and dogs along in that part of the state. And wearing boots instead of sneakers in the woods.
Edited by barrington on --
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