Why did it have to be rattlesnakes at Bodie Island?

By on May 14, 2018

The National Park Service is reminding everyone that timber rattlesnakes, also known as canebrake rattlers, are a common sight in the region after one was photographed curled up at the bottom step of a building on Bodie Island.

It’s not the first time a snake in Cape Hatteras National Seashore has rattled up social media. A video of a larger rattler slithering into the surf off Ocracoke in August struck the internet.

Safe to say we may not be getting a visit from Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. anytime soon.

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  • Pat P

    Not to alarm anyone, but this rattler is a small one compared to the one my wife and I saw on the Bodie Island lighthouse road 2 years ago. Living here since 1957, I had no idea we have rattlers in the 6-8 foot class slithering among us. When my kids were very young, hiking around the lighthouse area to the sound was a regular favorite area to explore. We’d see cottonmouths from time to time, but were always watching out for them.

    Monday, May 14 @ 7:56 am
  • Robert Weeks

    Maybe Nags Head should rethink their coyote reduction program considering that timber rattlesnakes are high on their menu.

    Monday, May 14 @ 9:46 am
  • Tom

    Pat P – According to Wikipedia, timber rattlesnakes grow to a length of 36 – 60 inches, with most between 39 and 45 inches. The largest ever recorded was 74.5″ in 1956. If there are 8 foot timber rattlers on Bodie Island, you might want to contact Guinness… 😉

    Monday, May 14 @ 12:56 pm
  • Sam Walker

    My 6th grade science project was a 66-inch-long timber rattlesnake my dad killed in our backyard in Sligo in August 1980…one of 8 that were found in the span of 2 weeks around the village. So yeah, we get some big ones around here.

    Monday, May 14 @ 2:28 pm
  • Bob McSwain

    Years ago in the fall my family was walking on a trail at Nags Head Woods. After about 5 minutes we came up a rattlesnake sunning itself. We turned around. BE ALERT!

    Monday, May 14 @ 3:17 pm
  • John Gilson

    Hiking the trail never a snake but once chiggers! Prefer the snakes.

    Monday, May 14 @ 5:42 pm
  • El rico

    In most states they are an endangered and protected species.they are doin what snakes do,fun in the sun.just give them their space and all will be well,did you HEAR THAT that’s why they be called rattlers. rattle rattle rattle

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 5:14 pm