BEATRICE — Officials in southeast Nebraska are on the hunt for a deadly rattlesnake spotted near a recreational lake that was initially mislabeled as only a mildly poisonous variety.
A Lincoln man and his son took photos of the large snake after spotting it at Burchard Lake in mid-August. A Nebraska Game and Parks official identified it as a western massasauga rattlesnake.
But Southeast Community College instructor and reptile expert Dan Fogell said it’s a timber rattlesnake, a dangerous breed that hasn’t been spotted at the lake for nearly 30 years.
Fogell said the bite of a timber rattler is poisonous enough to kill a person.
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