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adatesman


Jun 14, 2008, 8:41 PM
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Rattlesnake sighting at DWG  (North_America: United_States: Pennsylvania: Northeastern_Region: Delaware_Water_Gap__Mt__Minsi_)
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It wasn't at the cliff, but my brother-in-law found a surprisingly large rattlesnake on the trail near Sunfish Pond (NJ side) a week or so ago. It wasn't too happy to see him either, and made the point quite clearly. I hadn't previously heard of rattlesnakes in the area, but apparently there's at least one.... If he remembers to email me the pics I'll post them. In the meantime be aware that running across one is a possibility.

Oh, and speaking of reptiles at DWG as of yesterday there's a bright orange skink living in a horizontal crack 20 feet below the top of Surprise (PA side, maybe halfway up the wide, dirty crack) and another with a neon blue tail at the base of Osprey. And toads. Lots and lots of toads. They were all over the place. Kinda weird how many reptiles we saw there yesterday.... Weather related maybe?

-aric.

EDIT- looking at the PA DCNR site it looks like we've got 3 venomous snakes native to the area- Timber Rattlesnake, Northern Copperhead (which he happened to see at the Gunks a week prior to this snake sighting) and the Eastern Massagua Rattlesnake. From the pic he showed me it looks like it was an Eastern Massagua, as it was much darker (almost black) than a typical timber rattlesnake (judging from Google Images...).

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adatesman


Jun 16, 2008, 6:52 AM
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Ok, got a pic of the actual snake now, and maybe its just a very dark colored Timber rattler and not an Eastern Massagua.



-aric.


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