Debate over where to breed rattlesnakes in Massachusetts continues

The state considering 5 locations to place Timber Rattlesnake

WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of people gathered at the Knights of Columbus in Ware, Wednesday night, to hear from the Rattlesnake Review Group. The Group’s considering several locations in western Massachusetts including the Quabbin Reservoir, as well as, Mount Tom in Holyoke.

Marty Fedor of Easthampton told 22News he’s furious that they would even consider Mount Tom as a location; “I realize they’re already there, my concern is these snakes are already biting people, and there’s proof of that. All you have to do is google it. Why would they want to put more snakes there?”

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Dr. Alan Richmond, a herpetologist with UMass Amherst and member of the Rattlesnake Review Group, said, “Most people in New England have never dealt with rattlesnakes, and so they think that if there’s a rattlesnake, it’s going to just run out of the woods and attack them.”

Mount Tom is already home to as many as 24 Timber Rattlesnakes. The Rattlesnake Review Group is also looking at locations in southern Berkshire County and the Blue Hills south of Boston.

The Group has one more meeting scheduled before they make a decision, but a date has not been determined yet. 22News will continue to follow this story and bring you any new updates.