‘Rattlesnake ambassador’ dies from snake bite

Marty Martin regarded as an authority on timber rattlesnake

By

National News

August 14, 2022 - 7:44 AM

A rattlesnake warning sign in Idaho. William “Marty” Martin, a renowned snake researcher who dedicated his life’s work to the study of timber rattlesnakes, died last week (August 2022) after he was bitten by a snake on the property of his West Virginia home, his wife said. He was 80.(Dreamstime/TNS)

William “Marty” Martin, a renowned snake researcher who dedicated his life’s work to the study of timber rattlesnakes, died last week after he was bitten by a snake on the property of his West Virginia home, his wife said. He was 80.

Martin, who was described as the “ambassador of rattlesnakes” in a 2019 profile on the online journal Terrain, was just 13 years old when he documented the first instance of timber rattlesnakes in the Bull Run Mountains in Virginia.

At the age of 17, he became a founding member of the Virginia Herpetological Society, and for 30 years he served on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s timber rattlesnake task force, which worked to preserve the species, according to Reptiles Magazine.

Related
June 2, 2017
November 16, 2015
November 3, 2015
September 19, 2013