timber rattlesnake


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

Examples of timber rattlesnake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The timber rattlesnake, once widespread throughout the East, is now extinct in two states and endangered in eight others. Thomas Palmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The timber rattlesnake resides mostly in western Wisconsin. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2023 Two species of rattlesnakes inhabit Wisconsin: the timber rattlesnake and the eastern massasauga. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2023 The diamondback and timber rattlesnake can both be found in the southern part of the state, but diamondbacks tend to be in drier, more upland areas–especially longleaf pine forests. Cole Sikes Communications and Marketing Specialist Alabama Cooperative Extension System, al, 25 Apr. 2023 According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, the timber rattlesnake — also called the American viper, black rattlesnake, eastern rattlesnake, timber rattler and canebrake — is a large pit viper with a wide distribution across the eastern half of the U.S. Muri Assuncao New York Daily News (tns), al, 14 Aug. 2022 Ranging from eastern North America to as far west as Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the timber rattlesnake is the only rattler species in the populous northeastern United States and is considered endangered or threatened throughout much of that region. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 11 June 2020 Despite its scientific name — Crotalus horridus — the timber rattlesnake is a beauty, with a banded body and black tail. Star Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website states that aside from the timber rattlesnake, the other venomous snake found here is the northern copperhead. Pam McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 22 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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timber rattlesnake

tim·​ber rattlesnake ˈtim-bər- How to pronounce timber rattlesnake (audio)
: 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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