Ti scouts learn about snakes

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Cub Scout Pack 72 heard from an expert on the Timber Rattlesnake recently.

Dr. Bill Brown, professor emeritus from Skidmore College and lifelong researcher on the Timber Rattlesnake, spoke about ways to identify various kinds of snakes. He also told over 20 scouts facts about behaviors of Timber Rattlesnakes, their diet, where they live and how their rattles function.

He showed photographs of the snakes shedding their skin, emerging from their dens, consuming their prey whole and even swimming in the water.

He also explained the effects of human interaction on the rattlesnake population and how humans must treat them with respect to avoid harming them.

An often persecuted species, the Timber Rattlesnake is considered threatened in New York State where there was once a bounty set on killing them. There is a population nearby in the southeast part of the Adirondacks.

Because they are venomous, it is best to leave these snakes alone, but Brown explained that it is most likely that they will run away long before they are discovered.

Ticonderoga Cub Scout Pack 72, sponsored by the BPO Elks, meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Families wishing to involve their boys in scouting may contact Sue Liddell at 585-6280.

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