Expert: Rattlesnake Spotted at Nebraska Lake is Deadly

Posted 11 months ago

By Scott Carlson

western-massasauga-rattlesnake(AP) — Officials in southeast Nebraska are on the hunt for a deadly rattlesnake spotted near a recreational lake that was initially mislabeled as only a mildly poisonous variety.

A Lincoln man and his son took photos of the large snake after spotting it at Burchard Lake in mid-August. A Nebraska Game and Parks official identified it as a western massasauga rattlesnake.

But Southeast Community College instructor and reptile expert Dan Fogell says it’s a timber rattlesnake, a dangerous breed that hasn’t been spotted at the lake for nearly 30 years.

Fogell says the bite of a timber rattler is poisonous enough to kill a person.

He hopes to find the snake and attach a tracking device to it.


  • me

    Rattlesnake be deadly. Weird.

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  • PB

    Poor rattlesnake has’nt done a thing and yet they want to make it a criminal and give it a tracking device.

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  • LOL

    kill them

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  • http://windows7 Hsiato

    If I had found it, there would not be a tracking device because it would have ceased to exist!

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