West Virginia State Museum Education

The West Virginia State Reptile

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The Timber Rattle Snake

timber rattler

Proposed by an eighth grade class at Romney Middle School in Hampshire County, the timber rattler became the official State Reptile with the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 28 on March 8, 2008. This venomous reptile is the only species of snake in the state with a segmented rattle at the end of its tail and brown or black chevron-shaped markings on its back. Rattlers usually live in remote, rocky, mountainous sections of West Virginia.

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House Concurrent Resolution No. 28 State Fossil and Reptile Information