Rattlesnakes not uncommon in East Tennessee

Rattlesnakes not uncommon in East Tennessee

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If you do see a rattlesnake, Larry Brown recommends you just leave it alone. If you do see a rattlesnake, Larry Brown recommends you just leave it alone.

By SAMANTHA SARACINO
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Wildlife companies in Middle Tennessee are reporting an increase in rattlesnakes. So could the same thing happen in East Tennessee?

Dozens of harmless snakes exist in East Tennessee. Many of them are sold at the Critter Barn in Knoxville to keep as pets as well.

Critter Barn owner Larry Brown said, "We've got the copperheads and the rattlesnakes as the only venomous snakes. We do not have the cotton mouth."

A timber rattlesnake was found in Middle Tennessee in a woman's garage closet. Would it be outlandish to find one here in Knoxville?

Venomous snakes like the rattlesnake are not common in populated areas like Knox County, but as for other areas in East Tennessee, it's a different story.

"If you go up to Sevierville, you're going to have rattlesnakes. Some of them may even come down to where people live, but Knoxville we're pretty safe from them," Brown said.

Local animal control officials agree with Brown. Varmint Busters see a lot of snakes in their line of work, but they've never had a house call involving a venomous snake.

Brown says rattlers need a certain environment. "The rattlesnakes are mainly in the upper elevations. They are not much of a low land snake."

If you do see a rattlesnake, Brown recommends you just leave it alone. "They will not attack you. They don't want anything to do with a large animal like us. They will run or crawl away rather," he said.

The dry weather may have something to do with more rattlesnakes appearing, as many of them their habitat in search of water.

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