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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Relocating Rattlesnakes

I recently came into contact with someone on a Facebook page that is looking for someone to relocate some Timber Rattlesnakes that are on a campground near Bedford. He said they would still stay on the same property, but wants them further away from the campers because of safety. I couldnt find any laws regarding relocation. If it is legal, would anyone be interested in helping? I live three hours away but wouldnt mind helping.
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I recently came into contact with someone on a Facebook page that is looking for someone to relocate some Timber Rattlesnakes that are on a campground near Bedford. He said they would still stay on the same property, but wants them further away from the campers because of safety. I couldnt find any laws regarding relocation. If it is legal, would anyone be interested in helping? I live three hours away but wouldnt mind helping.
Anyone wanting to capture and relocate rattle snakes needs to discuss their plan with the Fish and Boat Commission. It can be done but there are laws and regulations that come into play on doing it.

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And get some training and proper equipment before actually attempting it.
The last thing you want to do is get bit or kill the snake(s).
Having witnessed the immediate and lifelong lingering effects of a rattlesnake bite 45 minutes from EMS (75 minutes from antivenom), you don't want to go thru that.
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And get some training and proper equipment before actually attempting it.
The last thing you want to do is get bit or kill the snake(s).
Having witnessed the immediate and lifelong lingering effects of a rattlesnake bite 45 minutes from EMS (75 minutes from antivenom), you don't want to go thru that.
Are there any training courses in the area for the safe handling of them?
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Anyone wanting to capture and relocate rattle snakes needs to discuss their plan with the Fish and Boat Commission. It can be done but there are laws and regulations that come into play on doing it.

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In most any other state than PA, relocating venomous snakes away from an area used by lots of people would be a non-issue

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Are there any training courses in the area for the safe handling of them?
I honestly don't know. I was "trained" about 25 years ago while working camps in northern NJ. We relocated about 2 dozen rattlesnakes and another dozen or so copperheads every 8 week season.
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I was under the impression that they don't survive the winter when moved away from their "den" sites.

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