• Fulmer Falls at George W. Childs Park

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

Snakes and Your Safety

Many people fear snakes, especially venomous snakes. Any animal may bite if it is startled, cornered, or threatened. Never approach or handle a snake, and take a moment here to learn where venomous snakes are most likely to be in the park.

 
timber rattlesnake

A timber rattlesnake crosses a grassy patch.

Timber Rattlesnakes

The timber rattlesnake is an endangered species in New Jersey. Typical "rattlesnake country" is the high rocky ridges along the Appalachian Trail.

 
Northern copperhead in a boggy area.

A northern copperhead in a boggy area.

Copperheads

Copperheads are another species of venomous snake found in the park. They are prefer to make their dens on a rocky outcrop near a stream, pond, or bog.

 

Precautions in snake country

  • Be alert when you enter typical snake habitat.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Watch your step. Snakes seldom strike unless trampled or bothered and can be camouflaged in leaves and other debris.
  • When climbing or scrambling, don't put your hands and feet into places that you cannot see.
  • If a snake crosses your path, let it pass, and leave it alone.
  • To protect your pet, keep your pet on a 6-foot leash at all times.
  • If you are bitten, remain calm and seek medical attention.

Did You Know?

Sketch of a dam with forests on the river banks.

... that the reservoir of the proposed Tocks Island Dam would have inundated 30 miles of the Delaware River and 30,000 acres of its river valley (now part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.) The defeat of the dam was an early victory of the environmental movement in this country. More...