Rattlesnakes Can Swim: Massachusetts plans rattlesnake colony on uninhabited island

Feb 22 12:57

Massachusetts plans rattlesnake colony on uninhabited island

A plan by the state to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in Massachusetts’ largest inland body of water has some rattled by visions of dangerous serpents slithering through the surrounding woods, attacking hikers, fishermen and hunters.

Those are completely irrational fears based on the public’s aversion to snakes, said Tom French of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, who’s directing the project at the 39-square mile Quabbin Reservoir and representing the state at a public meeting Tuesday to address the concerns.

French said he’s received several emails and phone calls from worried residents who fear the snakes will escape the island.

Setting aside the very real risk (rattlesnakes can swim), why are they wasting taxpayer money on this?

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