[Watch] Close Encounter with Rattlesnake at Letchworth State Park
A hiker at Letchworth State Park had a close encounter with an Eastern Timber Rattlesnake, and the angry reptile warned the man to stay away.
Timber Rattler's come out of their dens once the warmer weather arrives in Central New York. They're typically very lethargic from hibernating all winter but they're also very hungry; one reason you don't want to get to close if you spot one.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the timber rattler is the largest venomous snake indigenous to New York. Stocky and powerful, adults usually range from three to four and a half feet in length, with a state record of just over six feet.
Ken Wallace was out hiking when he saw the snake warming itself in the middle of the road. Ken wanted to move it out of harms way so he pokes it with a stick. The snake wasn't necessarily very happy.