Biologists say that albino and leucistic reptiles are most often found in the wild as juveniles as they are more susceptible to predation.
Herpetologist John McCombie was out in the woods in Pennsylvania when he happened upon what appears to be a juvenile albino timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) nestled under some rocks. “So, I hit an epic moment today…2023…this day will go down in the history book…albino timber rattlesnake…” McCombie posted to Facebook, along with two still photographs and a video showing the snake coiled and moving about ever so slightly.
It’s a very cool find and we are stoked for McCombie to come across such a beautiful snake in the wild.
Biologists say that albino and leucistic reptiles are most often found in the wild as juveniles as they are more susceptible to predation as they stand out more than their normal counterparts. Hopefully this little dude gets to live to a nice old age in the wild.
The timber rattlesnake is a heavy bodied snake that is known to be passive and slow moving. In the eastern United States, the snake can be found in forests, meadows and rocky hillsides, while in the southern part of the country, the snake inhabits tall grasses. Issues facing this species includes the snake fungal disease, agriculture, habitat destruction, and human development.