BOLD: Whitewash, Crotalus horridus
(Timber Rattlesnake)

Robert Murphy, PhD
Curator of Herpetology,
Royal Ontario Museum

‘Don’t Tread on Me’ reads the iconic warning of the American Revolution that is accompanied by an image of the potentially deadly Timber Rattlesnake. Indeed, its scientific name – Crotalus horridus – indicates fear dating back to 1758 when the species was described. This icon, which is normally a rather mild-tempered species, is now in trouble in many parts of its former widespread distribution. The range of the species and numbers of individuals are declining because of human activity. Nowadays this species of rattlesnake is often persecuted for fear of it being deadly. The species is disappearing from much of its former distribution and to the extent that six States consider the species to be in danger of extirpation, i.e. extinction from the state, and five other states say it is threatened. Once occuring in souther Ontario, Canada, the last specimen was seen in 1941 at Niagara Glen. Today Timber Rattlesnakes no longer exist in the wilds of Canada, or at least no specimens have been seen. The loss of the species takes on great significance in part because of its iconic status, but also because of the potential ecological domino effect with the loss of a top predator on rodents.

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Opening May 22, 2014
Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery
Delgado Community College, City Park Campus
Building 1, Third Floor
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

Exhibit dates are May 22 - August 28, 2014
There will be a closing reception and artist talk on August 28, 5 - 7 p.m.

Summer gallery hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. For further information contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at 504-671-6377, or

Original exhibition curated by David Francis
Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA