Statement from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
DEC is investigating two recent sightings of timber rattlesnakes in the City of Glens Falls. The two adult snakes were located in or near the Glens Falls Cemetery on Bay Street. The first snake was reported last week and was captured alive by local resident and rattlesnake expert Dr. Bill Brown; the snake died the next day. The second snake was reported dead along Bay Street and was run over by a vehicle. DEC retrieved the two snake carcasses and is awaiting results of necropsies.
Dr. Brown and DEC wildlife staff searched the Glens Falls Cemetery and surrounding area and did not locate other rattlesnakes or signs of a rattlesnake den. Due to the long distance between Glens Falls and the nearest known wild rattlesnake population and the busy roads and streets the snakes would have to cross to reach the cemetery, DEC does not think the snakes traveled to the cemetery on their own. DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers are investigating the matter and are asking anyone with information to call 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-336-3267).
DEC advises the public to avoid contact with rattlesnakes they may encounter and to contact DEC Dispatch immediately if these snakes are found in a residential area.