• 46°

VIDEO: Timber rattlesnake slithers under Bodie Island Light boardwalk

An eastern timber rattlesnake slithered under the boardwalk at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Saturday afternoon, but not before stopping to rattle at visitors walking by.

A rattlesnake was first spotted on lighthouse grounds in May. Cape Hatteras National Seashore posted photos of the snake, saying they’re generally not aggressive though will strike when threatened or deliberately provoked.

“But given room they will retreat,” the post said.

In Saturday’s case, the snake did just that.

“Most snake encounters occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors,” park officials said.

The park offers the following tips to avoid interactions with snakes:
-When hiking, stick to well used trails
-Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day
-Look at your feet to watch where you step and do not put your foot in or near a crevice where you cannot see
-Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark
-If a fallen tree or large rock is in your path, step up to it instead of over it, as there might be a snake on the other side
-Avoid approaching any snake you cannot positively identify as a safe species
-If you hear a warning rattle, move away from the area and do not make any sudden or threatening movements in the direction of the snake

News

North Carolina man ‘ecstatic’ to win $1 million prize on scratch-off ticket

News

Columbia wastewater report available for review

Schools

Tyrrell Elementary School award winners named

News

Southern Shores Planning Board continues work on code updates

Crime

North Carolina man receives 30 years in federal prison for drug charges

Crime

Defendant sentenced to 72 months imprisonment for trafficking methamphetamine

News

Dare County to purchase Mako’s for future EMS station

News

Dare County Regional Airport gets funding for land acquisition

News

Halifax County man wins $110,000 Cash 5 jackpot

Lifestyles

Dare County Parks and Recreation facility reopenings announced

Lifestyles

Red Cross blood drive schedule set for March

News

Debt report says North Carolina government has more borrowing capacity

Crime

Former Marine gets prison time for smuggling guns to Haiti

News

Government offers plan to release more endangered red wolves

Lifestyles

Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics

News

NC Senate approves bill allowing concealed handguns at more churches

Crime

Cooper announces reward for information on Wilson County murders

News

More federal coronavirus relief funds debated by NC House

News

Public meeting addresses Avon beach nourishment

Lifestyles

Outer Banks Community Foundation honors 2020 champions, elects 2021 board

Lifestyles

Manteo Rotary Club presents fellowship to horticulturist

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for robbing bank

Crime

Federal jury convicts North Carolina man of narcotics and firearms offenses

Crime

Governor announces reward for information on murder on Halifax County