Posted by John_White on April 11, 2003 at 18:07:06:
In Reply to: Re: Question posted by CCD on April 11, 2003 at 16:49:32:
To date the state still recognizes atricaudatus as a valid subspecies and assigns no special status to timber rattlers. If the endangered status of atricaudatus was lost, developers would soon wipe out much of its remaining habitat. If the endangered status of atricaudatus suddenly included timber rattlers, billions of dollars (probably many billions) of current and planned construction would have to be halted.
If you have a valid scientific reason to observe wild canebrakes in Virginia the state will probably entertain your request.