THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY YAW, ALLOWAY, BREWSTER, DINNIMAN, FONTANA, HUGHES AND SOLOBAY, APRIL 13, 2011
REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, APRIL 13, 2011
Selecting, designating and adopting the timber rattlesnake as
the official reptile of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, The timber rattlesnake is one of three venomous
snakes that occur in Pennsylvania; and
WHEREAS, The timber rattlesnake lives primarily in
mountainous areas of the State, above 1,800 feet in elevation;
WHEREAS, The scientific name for the timber rattlesnake is
Crotalus horridus; and
WHEREAS, Crotalus horridus ranges from southern New Hampshire
to northern Florida and from New Jersey as far west as eastern
Texas and Minnesota; and
WHEREAS, The timber rattlesnake can be found in numerous
counties in this Commonwealth, primarily in the central and
northeastern regions of the State; and
WHEREAS, The timber rattlesnake is currently vulnerable to a
decline in population due to a number of factors, including
habitat loss; and
WHEREAS, The timber rattlesnake is legally protected in
Pennsylvania and is subject to hunting and possession
WHEREAS, The timber rattlesnake is large in length, up to 74
inches, and stout-bodied, and its coloring consists of brown or
black bands on bright yellow to black body coloration; and
WHEREAS, The timber rattlesnake is a reptile that inspires
both fear and fascination among many Pennsylvanians.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Designation of the official reptile of the
The timber rattlesnake or Crotalus horridus is selected,
designated and adopted as the official reptile of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Section 2. Effective date.
This act shall take effect immediately.