timber rattlesnake

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Definition of timber rattlesnake 

: a widely distributed rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) chiefly of the eastern U.S.

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Hunting timber rattlesnakes is an oddity in Pennsylvania because unlike, say, deer or ducks, few snakes are killed. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine — the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake. Fox News, "Man jumpstarting car finds rattlesnake under hood," 22 June 2018 In New York, a man trying to jump start his car was surprised to encounter the telltale sound of a venomous timber rattlesnake curled up on the battery, according to the Associated Press. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Snake slithers out of trash and up Tennessee woman's leg as she drives to the dump," 21 June 2018 Nature, thankfully, had balanced out a timber rattlesnake’s formidable fangs with a simple and loud warning system on its tail. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 As an example, the park service posted a May 9 photo on Facebook of a timber rattlesnake found curled up beside the bottom step of a staff building near Bodie Island Light Station. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "National Park Service warns tourists of timber rattlesnakes on NC’s Outer Banks," 13 May 2018 One of the first hints that yet another fungal disease that could devastate wildlife was emerging in the United States came in 2006 with a report that an isolated winter den of timber rattlesnakes in New Hampshire had suffered a population crash. James Gorman, New York Times, "Researchers Warn of a Spreading Fungus Deadly to Snakes," 20 Dec. 2017 Unfortunately, timber rattlesnakes are quite slow-moving. National Geographic, "Rattlesnakes Lead 'Hungry, Horny, Gregarious' Lives," 26 June 2016

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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timber rattlesnake

noun
tim·ber rattlesnake | \ ˈtim-bər- \

Medical Definition of timber rattlesnake 

: a moderate-sized venomous rattlesnake of the genus Crotalus (C. horridus) that is widely distributed through the eastern half of the United States and feeds largely on mice and other rodents

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