Texas timber rattle bites are now illegal in Texas.
But that hasn’t stopped timber companies from making it easy to find a frame in the state that is legally allowed to be used.
The wood rattlers in question are a species of rattlesbilla, a type of tree native to the southeastern United States.
These trees, along with many other large trees, are commonly known for their ability to grow up to 12 feet (3 meters) high, and can grow as tall as 25 feet (8 meters).
They also grow as heavy as 70 to 90 pounds (29 to 36 kilograms) per year.
The rattleslips are also commonly known as Texas timber frames.
Timber rattlers aren’t new to Texas, however.
In recent years, the state has been home to numerous wood rattler infestations, which can range from the small to the massive.
A timber rattler bite can cause swelling of the lower limbs, swelling of other areas of the body, and sometimes paralysis.
In many cases, the injuries can last for days or even weeks.
The Texas Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (TDACS) announced the ban on timber rattling last October.
The decision was met with widespread criticism, including from wildlife advocates who argued that the species could pose a threat to wildlife and public safety.
A few months later, TDACS announced that it would no longer require people to get permits for wood rattling.
The state also said that it was taking measures to reduce the number of rattler bites in the future.
“The state will be increasing signage on state roads to warn drivers about rattlers and encourage them to be alert to the risk,” the agency said.
In an attempt to prevent more rattler-related fatalities, TDacS is also working with the state Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management (DPEMS) to enforce additional rules on the use of rattlers.
In November, Texas officials began requiring residents to register the rattler species with TDACs website.
A sign posted in the TDAC website reads: “This species has been listed as a threatened species in Texas and has been classified as a severe, potentially lethal, invasive invasive species by the Endangered Species Act.”
Travis County Sheriffs Office and TDAC’s website also have a map of the area that will be restricted to timber rattle frames.