snakes in NY

gottagarden(z5 western NY)February 5, 2006

Here's a site with interesting info on NY wildlife. At the bottom it has pictures of all the snakes. I thought it would be useful for identification, although even with the warm weather, I think the snakes are still sleeping around here.

PS - When it comes up, the page seems empty, just page down and there's the article.

Other pages in the site talk about frogs, turtles, etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: Snakes in NY

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Thanks for the link. I enjoyed reading the articles.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2006 at 12:35PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I have only seen one snake since moving to NY and I really hope I don't see any others. I grew up around rattlesnakes in La. and I am terrified of all snakes. The link was a great source of information and one I will keep handy. Thanks


    Bookmark   February 22, 2006 at 5:48AM
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hammerl(z5-6 Amherst NY)

I've only seen two snakes my entire life -- both garder snakes. One was in the backyard when I was growing up, a rather small one that apparently was hanging out under a bush. The other was up in Niagara County last year, and was quite a bit bigger, and annoyed with me that I was taking away rocks from where it lived. I'm glad that it doesn't seem that most of the varieties are in my area.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2006 at 9:07AM
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Hmmmm snakes in Ny I have seen plenty in NY and all are Garder Snakes. All though my first experience began when I was six and I lived in Arkansaw... My brother was hanging a dead Water Mochasin over my head with a stick!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2006 at 10:32AM
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crankyoldman(z5 NY)

I've see tons of garter snakes here too. When I was a kid in northern PA, I saw rattlesnakes on a regular basis. I don't know if they just don't cross the state line or what.:)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2006 at 3:15PM
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bloomville(z4 NY)

great resource! i've seen red-bellied snakes, garters, and milk one really BIG black snake I wasn't able to ID.I love snakes. Good for the garden!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2006 at 7:15PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

You can have any and all snakes I find in my yard. In one sense I wish I could tolerate them b/c then I wouldn't have a problem with voles eating my plants. The owls and the Hawks have too many wide open spaces to hunt in to bother coming into my yard for a snack. Rodents and snakes are two things that will keep me in the house.


    Bookmark   February 23, 2006 at 5:04AM
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Hey lady....I live in Elmira, just above the PA state line. 9 miles to be exact. Let me tell you we have rattlesnakes in our area of New York. There is one area
in particular between Elmira and Corning...the Steege Hill
area...where they have been seen and killed many times
through the years. Also...this past summer....when it was so dry....there were 3 times the sheriff was called to get
rid of Rattlesnakes up on Harris Hill...a popular county park in Chemuny County .

AS long as they dont find MY house.....Im okay.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2006 at 10:28AM
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Ok I found these two sites on rattlesnakes in New york. I hope you find this info helpful
Link 1

Link 2

    Bookmark   March 2, 2006 at 10:43PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Hey Wayne, that info on the rattlesnake was interesting. I never knew there were rattlesnakes in NY. One of those X's looked to be just over where I live! And I've got the swampy woodlands they so prefer. I will have to keep my eyes open when I'm traipsing around the swamp. (although I would be excited to see one, not necessarily scared :-)

Thanks for the links

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 7:02AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

VEry interesting reading Wayne. I was told when we moved to NY from La. that there weren't any poisonous snakes up here. I have encountered 2 rattlesnakes in my in my bedroom when I was in high school which I managed by the grace of God to kill (it measured out at over 4 ft) and one that my dog cornered in my yard. Both were coiled and in striking position. The one in the yard was striking at the dog. I managed to call the sheriff and they came out and shot it. Both instances were in La. and not here in NY. Now knowing that they are in NY and I live close to a natural wetland and nature preserve I will be more cautious when I am outside during the summer.


    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 7:47AM
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matt_v(Z5 central NY)

Greetings! There are actually three species of veneomous Snakes here in NY State. All are rare, one is very endangered. This wetland Rattlesnake being posted about sounds like the endangered one, the Eastern Massasauga
[Sistrurus catenatus].
The Massasauga rattlesnake is the most diminutive of the three venomous snakes found in New York State, the other two are the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) and the copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix). In the Chippewa language, "massasauga" translates to "great river-mouth" and probably refers to the snake's preference for wet habitats, including riverine bottomlands. The adult Massasauga, also known as the "Swamp Rattler," is a girthy snake with a broad head. It measures 18-40 inches (45-100 cm) in length. Average length is 27.5 inches (70 cm). The body is distinctively marked with a row of large black or dark brown hourglass-shaped markings along the back and three rows of smaller dark spots on each side. The background coloration is gray or brownish-gray. A dark bar with a lighter border extends from the eye to the rear of the jaw. Some adults, however, are all black. This rattlesnake can also be identified by the nine large scales on the crown of the head, similar to most non-venomous snakes. The timber rattlesnake's head is covered with numerous small scales.

If you see one, you should revel in your good fortune to find such a rare creature!! Tell me about your sighting if you do find one, I have wanted to photograph one for years...

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 8:01AM
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Hello, I live in Candor (just outside Ithaca) and had no idea there were venemous snakes in the area. I have an 18 month old son who loves playing outside so now I am curious and looking for any information you may have. I noticed people referring to links Wyane had posted(with X's over locations maybe?) I wasn't able to find them and was wondering if anyone would be able to repost those links. At this point any information would be helpful and much appreciated! I've been seeing lots of different snakes in the yard and have no clue what they are - I'll have to be more cautios and warm my husband who is in the process of taking out a stone wall (perfect little hiding place)


    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 4:30PM
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I LOVE snakes. We have lots and lots of garter snakes on the farm, some over 3 ft long, both the yellow and red striped ones. I talk to them and handle them whenever I see them and very few of them are frightened of me, some will even come up to "smell" me (snakes smell with their tongue). One was in my bamboo the other day, looked very cool. I would love to get some black rat snakes. I also once saw what I think was a corn snake at the edge of one of my fields, but only got a quick glance at it as it slithered past my ankle - never saw it again.

Give a snake an escape route and it will take it, they have very few defenses against predators except the ability to get away fast. They eat bugs and rodents, so are welcome on my farm!


    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 7:24PM
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I hate snakes but I won't harm one. We once had a corn snake living at the bottom of our deck I called him Fred. Fred lived under the last step of the deck and often would come out to get water that dripped from the faucet for the hose.Needless to say as long as Fred lived under the deck I didn't come off the deck. We had a understanding he had his area I had mine.

So far this year I've only seen two snakes in the yard, I'm hoping hard that's all I see.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 4:59PM
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There are Timber Rattlesnakes in Tioga County but they prefer remote rocky outcrops near the tops of mountains in heavily forested areas. It is possible to encounter one if you live in the country near woods and rocky outcrops, but if you live in a neighborhood with other houses nearby it is very unlikely. In a neighborhood you are still likely to encounter many types of snakes (garter snakes being typically the most common) but have low odds of seeing a rattlesnake. As wildlife goes, you're more likely to encounter a black bear in town than a timber rattlesnake.

Timber Rattlesnakes do range in Tioga County, but the good news is that they are only present in isolated pockets of their range where habitat is suitable. Not knowing anything about your yard, it is, of course, possible that your yard is suitable habitat but unless it is an exceptional yard it would be unlikely.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 5:03PM
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had problems with voles after building our new house until the garner snakes moved under our rear porch. have not seen a mouse or vole in over a year.the wife does'nt even mind them now.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 9:48PM
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My biggest problem with snakes is that my cats will kill them. It upsets me no end, but fortunately does not happen too often. The darn cats also go after my frogs, don't know how to stop them from doing it and my lectures on what are acceptable and unacceptable kills appear to fall on deaf cat ears....


    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 12:34AM
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