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Timber rattlesnakes

FILE - A timber rattlesnake.
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FILE - A timber rattlesnake.

The areas where you can find timber rattlesnakes in South Carolina are expanding. Rudy Mancke discusses.

Transcript (edited for clarity):


Hi, this is Rudy Mancke from USC for NatureNotes.

A while back, Frank sent me a picture of a dead snake and wanted it identified. I think he knew it was a timber rattlesnake. In the old days, you'd call the version that he sent me a canebrake rattlesnake.

But where he saw it was interesting. One mile north of Winnsboro, SC, is a big area there that didn't have rattlesnakes when I was growing up. They weren't included in the range maps. And now, range seems to be expanding a little bit. And of course these are dangerous snakes. They get large enough, long enough fangs, large dose of venom that they are troublesome.

You see them in the mountains too. You see them on the coastal plain and along the Savannah River. But now they're moving more on the Piedmont. Beware!

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Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's <i>NatureScene</i>, which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. After retiring from SCETV, Rudy went on to become naturalist-in-residence at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He hosted SC Public Radio's <i>NatureNotes</i> from 1999 until his death in 2023 at age 78.