Vermont wants you to learn about their rattlesnakes

A state biologists says rattlesnakes are the "original Vermonters."

FILE-- In this September 2008 handout file photograph from the Mass. Div. of Wildlife and Fisheries, a timber rattlesnake rests in a coil on a rock in Western Massachusetts. A plan by the state to start a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in Massachusetts’ largest drinking water supply is under fire. (Bill Byrne/The Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife via AP)
A timber rattlesnake rests in a coil on a rock in Western Massachusetts. –Bill Byrne / The Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife via AP

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — People interested in learning more about Vermont’s rattlesnake population will get an opportunity at an upcoming talk by a state biologist who specializes in the rare snakes.

On March 8, Fish and Wildlife Department biologist and rattlesnake researcher Doug Blodgett will talk about the work he has done on the species.

He says timber rattlesnakes are “original Vermonters” and they play a unique role among the state’s native wildlife community.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Community College of Vermont in Rutland at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association.