Rattlesnakes found in Rockland County

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Several venomous rattlesnakes were found in two Rockland County towns over the weekend.

A timber rattlesnake was found lying on a walkway in Sloatsburg. They vary in color and can stretch to more than 5 feet long.

Residents say they often see the snakes in their backyard, assumedly coming down from the mountain to get to the lake. They say it's best to just leave the reptiles alone, especially when they're curled up and rattling.

Ray Hartley, of Intrepid Wildlife Services, says it's important to keep children and pets away from the potentially dangerous and deadly rattlers. He must use special gear whenever relocating a snake to a new location.

Anyone who believes they're in danger is urged to call police or animal control for help.

The timber rattlesnake is on the threatened species list in New York.

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