Sixth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference









The Very Last Timber Rattlesnake
Ted Levin, naturalist and author


There's no sound quite like, or as viscerally terrifying as, the ominous sound of the timber rattlesnake. The last official state-sanctioned record from Long Island was a big, yellow-morph male reported by Roy Latham from the pine barrens of East Moriches in July 1962. Ted Levin reads from his new work America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake and discusses the joys and frustrations of befriending a venomous reptile and the trials and tribulations of finding Long Island's only known specimen. 

Ted Levin is a veteran naturalist and award-winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Audubon, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and Newsday. He authored four critically acclaimed books: Backtracking: The Way of Naturalist (1987); Blood Brook: A Naturalist’s Home Ground (1992); Liquid Land: A Journey Through the Florida Everglades (2003), for which he received the 2004 Burroughs Medal; and America’s Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake (2016) which Forbes named one of the ten best conservation books of the year. He taught at New England College, Antioch New England Graduate School and the University of New Hampshire, and has been a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio.