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Huge Rattlesnake Killed in Bedford Co.


Bedford Co., VA - It's not unusual to see a snake cross the road in rural Bedford County, but one snake has even life-long mountain dwellers doing a double take.

A giant timber rattlesnake was killed along Route 43, just below the Peaks of Otter. It was hanging out in a rock pile near the road.

It's about 60 inches long. Dan Lovelace, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, says the snake is unusually thick.

Lovelace has advice to keep them away.

"You can work toward maybe cleaning up a wood pile or moving some rocks, that would attract snakes to our property," said Lovelace. "Mice. That's the sort of thing they're going to be feeding on. That means you maybe get rid of some of the food sources that would be there."

Despite the snake's size, Lovelace says it's not any more venomous than a smaller snake.

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