In Search Of…. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake?


Many people in Michigan are surprised to hear that we do have one (and only one) venomous snake, the Eastern Massasauga. They might be more surprised and concerned to hear how the populations of these snakes are rapidly declining, not just in Michigan, but throughout their range. In Michigan the snake is listed by the DNR as a species “of special concern”. This means we know they are in trouble; we are just not yet certain how serious the problem is. Other states within the range of the Massasauga all list them as endangered or threatened. If something isn’t done, these really special animals may soon disappear all together.