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Timber Rattlesnake

The timber rattlesnake is extremely shy of humans.  It will rarely rattle preferring to remain undetected and will often refrain from striking even if it is stepped on!

Female timber rattlers gather in groups to give birth and do not feed while they are gravid.  The mother snake stays with her young until they have their first shed.  She usually reproduces only once every three years.

HABITATDeciduous forests
DIETMice, voles, shrews
LIFE Expectancy25 years

Fun Fact
If a human baby weighed 7 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as a caterpillar it would weigh 189,000 pounds when fully grown.
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