The rattler has a triangle shaped head

This map shows the counties (in yellow) where Rattlesnakes are known to live.

They are most often found in the higher elevation regions of those counties.

The Copperhead snake is the most common poisonous snake found in West Virginia.

Rattlesnakes avoid people when possible but their bite can be very serious.

Rattlesnakes features:

  • Their pupils are not round. See above. They look like cat eyes.
  • Their head is much wider than regular snake. Most snakes heads are almost the same width as the body.
  • Rattlers love laying in the sun during the day. They are often seen near rock outcroppings.