Eastern Massasauga – Sistrurus catenatus catenatus

Eastern Massasauga – Sistrurus catenatus catenatus

The Eastern Massasauga is a small venomous snake ranging from 18-30 inches long. Massasaugas eeat small mammals, frogs, salamanders, and large insects. They are often associated with wetland complexes where they hibernate in crayfish burrows or other animal burrows. Massasaugas were once common but are now of serious conservation concern because of loss of wetland habitats, roads that fragment their habitats, human persecution, and now a fungus as been identified that causes severe sores on their bodies and death.

Eastern Massasaugas occur in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. They also occur in Ontario, Canada.

Photos by J.D. Willson.

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