Timber rattlesnake captured in downtown Springfield

The agency currently has no idea how the timber rattlesnake got there

(MA Environmental Police)


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – From the Massachusetts Environmental Police, confirmation that a timber rattlesnake has been found in downtown Springfield.  The venomous timber rattlesnake discovered in Springfield was taken to an unspecified area where there is already an establish snake population, according to the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

Local animal control captured the snake on a doorstep in downtown Springfield Sunday close to the Connecticut River. No one was bitten by the 3-foot long snake.

The state of Massachusetts has considered placing several timber rattlesnakes on an island at the Quabbin Reservoir, and several other locations in the state, for breeding purposes. The plan was scrapped in April. However, the state is still looking into other possible location including Mt. Tom and in the Berkshires.

Environmental police tweeted this video of the venomous rattler found in a doorway in downtown Springfield Sunday.

The agency currently has no idea how the timber rattlesnake got there. 22News is getting more information about this unusual find, so far from the snake’s natural habitat.