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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Timber Rattler

March 9, 2016

Timber Rattler BonesThese remains of a timber rattler were found in a mid-19th century privy in Prairie du Chien. The two small bones at the lower left are venom pockets–one is from a modern specimen (white), and the other one is from the privy. This timber rattler was not indigenous to the prairie and would have come from the nearby bluffs. This specimen had many broken spinal fragments, so it was likely pummeled to kill it.