LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: A venomous southern Pacific rattlesnake tastes the air in Santa Ynez Canyon in Topanga State Park on May 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. California's entire state park system, the largest park system in the US, was included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" of 2008. Although California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently backed off from his threat to close 48 state parks - almost 20 percent - to save money for the $10 billion-plus state budget deficit. The wilderness park is considered the world's largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city. Other American locations on the Endangered list include Manhattan's Lower East Side, the historic Art Deco icon Charity Hospital in New Orleans and the adjacent neighborhood, a modernist hotel in Dallas, and an Art Deco movie theater in Philadelphia. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

It’s very rare to see a Timber Rattlesnake in the Blue Hills, but they are out there! There are about 200 rattlesnakes in Massachusetts according to a spokeswoman from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. They ususally stay out of the way of humans. There are populations in the Berkshires, the Blue Hills and the Connecticut River Valley. Check out the video from Frank Risinki who ran across this rattler on a hike in the Blue Hills in Milton!

Frank Rosinski

Saturday morning hike Rattle Snake sighting at Blue Hills. No coffee needed...wide awake after that.

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How to Avoid a Rattlesnake Attack

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