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Largest Timber Rattlesnake Recorded – “6.2-ft Monster”

The Largest '6.2 feet Monster' Timber Rattlesnake ever Recorded. Image: Midjourney Illustration.
The Largest '6.2 feet Monster' Timber Rattlesnake ever Recorded. Image: Midjourney Illustration.

Timber rattlesnakes are venomous pit vipers found all across the Eastern United States. In this article, we discuss these mighty serpents and take a look at video footage captured of an incredibly large timber rattlesnake. Read along to watch the video!

The Timber Rattlesnake: A Potent Predator

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Timber rattlesnake in Illinois. Image via Depositphotos

Known for their hemotoxic and neurotoxic venom, timber rattlesnakes strike awe and fear in equal measure. Their venom targets circulation and nervous system function, posing a serious threat to humans if left untreated.

Despite their deadly reputation, timber rattler bites are rare, and these creatures often avoid human contact by remaining motionless or fleeing.

Size & Largest Record

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Huge Timber Rattlesnake In Georgia (Biggest I’ve Ever Seen). THE OLD BYRD FARM via YouTube

Timber rattlesnakes are naturally pretty hefty snakes. On average, adult timber rattlesnakes measure between 2.5 to 5 feet, with weights ranging from 1.1 to 3.3 pounds. The largest timber rattlesnake ever recorded was an astonishing 6.2 feet (1.88 m) in length, and was captured in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1950s.

Other Notable Mentions

“27 years ago camping at Christopher Creek Across the street from the general store, there’s a place for campers. My wife, sister, brother in law, and myself saw a timber rattlesnake, 12 ft and 3 inches in diameter. Sorry no pictures, but witnesses.” – William Flood

“In the mid 1990’s my sons and I were driving from Woodville Tx to Corrigan, TX. We chose a route that went through Chester TX, a logging region at the time. Just outside of town I entered an area with heavy forest on both sides of the road. Up ahead I could see what appeared to be a large snake crossing the road. It was coming from the yard of the only house anywhere around. As we got closer, it was easily determined that it was a timber rattler. However it’s head had already reached the side of the road, and the tail was still at the center line. I am not sure, but I believe a lane is 9 feet. He was across both boundaries. I have never forgot that huge thing and have regretted not bringing it to someone’s attention so as to have it appropriately measured.” – Mark Kelley

Appearance

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The Timber Rattlesnake: Everything You Need To Know! (4K), Source: Youtube, Uploaded: The Wild Report

The timber rattlesnake is characterized by a black, green, and brown scaling pattern, with 21–26 rows of scales in the middle of its body. The head features hues of yellow, brown, or gray, and dark lines extend from each eye to the jaw. Additionally, their tails have dark V-shaped patterns.

Habitat and Diet

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Timber rattlesnake. Image via Depositphotos

Timber rattlesnakes populate the eastern United States, thriving in deciduous forests with steep terrain. Males and non-gravid females prefer deep wooded areas, while pregnant females opt for open, rocky ledges with warm temperatures.

Their diet includes mainly small mammals like squirrels and rabbits, and, interestingly, they may even kill and eat other rattlesnakes. Timber rattlers use fallen logs as perches for ambush attacks on their prey.

Their Venom

Timber rattlesnake resting on rock in Bannerghatta National Park
Timber rattlesnake resting on rock in Bannerghatta National Park Bangalore, India. Image via Deposit Photos

While timber rattlesnake bites are infrequent, the potency of their venom cannot be underestimated. Lethal to humans, these bites can lead to severe health complications if left untreated.

Swelling and blackening of the skin near the bite site are common occurrences. Seeking prompt medical assistance is crucial to mitigate tissue damage and ensure a swift recovery.

Lifespan

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Timber rattlesnake. Image via Depositphotos

In the wild, timber rattlesnakes generally live for around 10 years, with some reaching up to two decades. Remarkably, those in captivity can live for up to 30 years, with some of the oldest individuals living as long as 37 years.

Wrapping Up

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Timber rattler. Image via Depositphotos

The footage of a massive rattlesnake reminds us that we should always always watch our step, just in case we stumble upon a giant, deadly creature.

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My dad has a Pic of 2 Timber rattlers we killed under our house. My dad is 6ft 2 and he holding the snakes above his head with arms extended hold the snakes by the rattlers and their heads are touching the ground. I'm thinking at least 8ft easy. Central Ga

Lydea

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Lol sound like you're moving really fast must have caught thing to hurt somebody with it

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