SCOTT COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – A utility employee in Scott County, Virginia killed a timber rattlesnake after it tried to bite him.
Executive Director Mike Dishman with the Scott County Public Service Authority says one of his employees was out doing maintenance on the Kermit water tank on Yuma Road when he encountered the snake.
Dishman says the rattlesnake tried to strike the employee and the employee then killed the snake.
The employee was not injured.
In the state of Virginia, it is illegal to kill a timber rattlesnake unless it poses a threat to a person’s life.
Dishman says he got in contact with an officer with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries after the incident.
The wildlife agency told News Channel 11 that they determined the worker did not break the law when he killed the snake, because it was a direct threat to his life.
A biologist with Virginia DGIF says the timber rattlesnake is not an endangered species.
However, the canebrake rattlesnake, found in southeastern Virginia, is, according to the agency.