Fact vs. Myth
**There are only 3
venomous snakes found in Ohio!**
the Northern Copperhead, the Timber Rattlesnake, and the Eastern
Massasauga. The Timber Rattlesnake and
the Massasauga are both
endangered species in the state of Ohio.
Only the Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake are
found at Tar Hollow.
Timber Rattle Snake
We did not at
any time parachute or in any way release rattlesnakes at Tar
Hollow. Timber rattlesnakes are endangered, and only found in 7
counties in Ohio. Ross, Hocking , and Vinton are three of them.
Tar Hollow lies in all three counties. Timber rattlesnakes spend
their entire lives in one den. If we were to have taken
rattlesnakes from somewhere else and released them here, come
winter they would search for their original den and freeze to
death. They will not find a new den. Obviously as a State Park
we would not sentence an endangered species to death.
Timber Rattlesnakes are reclusive snakes that prefer our dry
rocky ridge tops. The females donít start reproducing until the
age 10 or 11. When they do start reproducing, they only
reproduce every 2 to 3 years. When they do, they only have 8 to
10 babies, and within the first year 66% of the young will die.
You can do the math real quick to see that we will never be over
run with rattlesnakes.
sightings of timber rattlesnakes & learn about restoration
Black Bears ARE found
in Ohio. The Division of Wildlife estimates that there are 50-
75 permanent resident Black Bears living in Ohio. Tar Hollow
State Forest is the
third largest state forest in Ohio. It is only a matter of time
before they will find their way here. If you spot a Black Bear,
call 1- 800-Wildlife and
Black Bears are the
smallest and most common bear found in North America. Black
bears rarely become aggressive with humans unless, you encounter
a mother with a cub. If you do encounter a bear out in the wild,
back up waving your hands, and/or a stick high above your head.
Try to appear larger than you really are. Do not play dead!
Division of Wildlife - Bear Aware
Bats are our friends. One little brown bat can eat 3,000 insects
in one night! Bats do not attack humans. Bats with rabies do not
act rabid! They become non social and go off to die. So, if you
see a bat lying on the ground, donít pick it up! The truth about
bats and rabies: Less than half of one percent of bats contract
rabies. Only about a dozen people in the U.S. and Canada are
known to have contracted rabies from bats in over 40 years!
Division of Wildlife
*THERE ARE NO WATER
Range in Ohio
The Water Moccasin does NOT live naturally in Ohio. The closest
that it comes to this state is Western Kentucky. In the
very unlikely event that you should see a Water Moccasin in
Ohio, the snake would have escaped from captivity. In any case,
this is one of the most deadly snakes in North America, so don't
take chances. Be sure of your identification!