Threatened- EASTERN MASSASAUGA RATTLESNAKE
Where in Canada did the rattlesnake live?
Massasaugas rattlesnakes live in Ontario. During spring, Massasaugas use open shallow wetlands or shrub swamps. They can be found in crayfish towers or small animal burrows which are adjacent to drier upland open shrub forest sites. During summer, Massasaugas move upland to drier areas. Look for them "sunning" in open fields, grassy meadows or farmed sites.
Description of a rattlesnake and its behaviour.
Massasaugas rattlesnakes have thick bodies with colors that range from gray, grayish brown or brown. Its back has large dark brown blotches with smaller lighter brown patches on its sides. Young Massasaugas are brighter on color.
This snake has a wide triangular head and eyes with slit shaped pupils.
Adults can be 18" to 30" in length.
Massasaugas rattlesnakes hibernate in the Winter and are alone or in small groups. They are also good swimmers.
What does the rattlesnake eat?
Eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes eat small mammals, amphibians and insects.
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes have a pair of long hollow fangs that they can inject venom into their prey. During a strike an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake will eject the fangs at the last possible moment.
The Massasaugas rattlesnakes are eaten by eagles, herons and some mammals.
Does the Rattlesnake have a relationship with humans?
The Massasaugas rattlesnake will not attack humans if they are left alone.
It is the only venomous snake that is found in Ontario. Although the venom is potent, this snake's small size and retiring habits make it a minor risk to humans.
People use to kill them because of fear they might be bitten.
How can humans save the rattlesnakes from extirpation?
Since the main threat to the survival of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake is habitat loss, the protection of their habitat is critical. Fortunately, several areas in which the eastern massasauga rattlesnake lives is...