Discovered near hospital campus
This 38-inch-long timber rattlesnake, a female bearing eggs, was discovered Wednesday morning in the parking lot in front of Dr. Kenneth Babe's office near Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon off Baddour Parkway.
Wilson County Animal Control responded to a call and picked up the snake, and then contacted Dr. Danny Bryan, an associate professor of biology at Cumberland University who has been studying the timber rattler's habitat for decades, with hope that he could relocate the reptile.
Bryan reports, "The snake was injured. It looks like either the head had an injury or it was run over or hit with mowing equipment.
"The snake was still alive but not doing too well, so I ended up euthanizing the snake and putting it out of its misery."
Bryan noted it was a transient snake that either came in on equipment or a vehicle.
"It was unusual," he said, "but we're not going to have a population of timber rattlesnake in the middle of town. They have a specific habitat."
The snake weighed two pounds and had a total of six segments to the rattle, estimated to be between 8-10 years old.