|Rattlesnakes: Disparaged Denizens of the Berkshires |
|By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist|
09:13PM / Sunday, May 31, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Colorful, venomous, and increasingly rare — rattlesnakes have had an interesting history among the residents of the Berkshire hills, one that has left its mark on the lives, literature, and general cultural psyche of its more recently arrived neighbors.
"No other snake in Western Massachusetts has the history, lore, fiction, and fascination as the timber rattlesnake," according to local naturalist Tom Tyning, who has spent many years studying these creatures.
These reptiles were found in comparative abundance when settlers first arrived throughout this part of New England, but over time have shrunk to a meager fraction of their previous
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