New Hampshire DOES Have Rattlesnakes

New Hampshire isn't a state that is the first one you think of when you think of rattlesnakes. But the fact is, the copperhead and timber are in the 603, according to  

If you smell cucumbers in your home and you're not making a salad, you may have a trapped snake in your house, according to

Wondering why the cucumber smell? says it has to do with it being a venomous snake emitting the odor.

What Do You Do to Get Rid of the Timber Rattlesnake?

The Timber Rattlesnake, according to, is illegal to kill.  It is threatened by loss of their habitat, getting killed on the roads, and illegal collection by humans.

So if you can't kill it and it's in your house, I feel the only option for you is to move.

That's a joke. However, if I found one in my house, I would highly consider it.  If you see one timber rattlesnake, chances are, there are more.  Yeah, bub-bye.

What Do You Do if You Encounter a Rattlesnake in Your Home?

Again, moving is an option, but if you don't want to do that, call the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department at 603-271-3421.  I have them on speed dial.

If they are closed, depending on the situation, you might want to call 911.  These animals are no joke and they are not to be messed with.

It May Not Be a Rattlesnake

Before you panic like I would if ever I found a rattlesnake in my house, look at the snake closely.

According to, it may not be a timber rattlesnake after all.  They say that they get many calls during the spring/summer, and most of the time, people are seeing milk snakes that coil up and vibrate so rapidly that it makes a buzzing noise. That's why people confuse it with a timber rattlesnake.  I'm not sure how this is comforting, as they both sound equally terrifying.

Have you ever seen a timber rattlesnake in your house?  Did you smell cucumbers?

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