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09/12/2013

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About20years ago I encountered a rattlesnake in the woods off Bayside Beach Rd. in Pasadena, Md. No one has ever believed me, but he looked like those in the photos and he was rattling and rearing his head back to strike. I walked away and left him. Steve

Wow! Well, I believe you, Steve. Rattlesnakes at one time were all over Maryland, from the Eastern Shore to Garrett County. And so, it makes sense that there are remnant populations in Anne Arundel County and elsewhere. Rattlers like to remain out of sight, well hidden under rocks much of the time. So it makes sense that one could be hiding out in Pasadena -- even all these years later. I'm glad you didn't try to pick it up.

Steve, not only do I believe you, but the fact is that if you saw any rattlesnake, it would have looked just like the ones in the picture. Timber rattlesnakes are the only type found in Md. I'm glad you didn't try to kill it. They are very beneficial animals and are extremely inoffensive. I visit rattlesnake dens every spring and fall, often surrounded by several of them, and never had one made any attempt to bite. They're fascinating creatures and it should be considered a privilege to see one in the wild these days. Kudos to you for leaving It be!

Yes, the biologist and rattlesnake expert William Martin told me that rattlers rarely bite people, unless people step on them, try to pick them up, or reach into their den.

They tend to be passive when around humans -- unless you mess with them.

With blogs like this around I don't even need website anymore. I can just visit here and see all the latest happenings in the world.

I am writing a book about my ancestors, who settled in Cecil Co., MD. I would like to know how to get in contact with William Martin because I need to have an expert opinion on how many rattlesnakes were in MD in the 1600s as well as know more about how much the bounty was for settlers who turned in rattlesnakes during that time period. Thanks, Jan

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