Timber Rattlesnakes here in Virginia can vary in color. The colors could be yellow, brown, tan or gray. Timber Rattlesnakes have a distinctive stripe down their back the colors can be orange, yellow, pink, brown, or black. What makes them distinct is their rattlers which they use to warn unsuspecting animals and people that get too close.
The rattlers are made of keratin, which is the same material as your fingernails and hair. Juvenile Timber Rattlesnakes have a singe rattle on their tail which will grow after each time it sheds.
Timber Rattlesnakes are venomous, in fact their venom is the most deadly of all the snakes in Virginia. However, Timber Rattlesnakes are quite shy and will prefer to warn or run away unless deliberately provoked.
The normal length for Timber Rattlesnakes is between 30 and 60 feet long. The record for the largest Timber Rattlesnake was more than 6 feet long! These snakes tend to be heavy bodied and are never thin.