The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is a sluggish, slow-moving poisonous snake found throughout lower Michigan. It is rare throughout its range and is protected in Michigan.
- Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus), Michigan DNR
- photo from MichiganHerper in the Flickr series "Ann Arbor photo hike"
In the news
Woman donates 54 acres of rare rattlesnake habitat in southwestern Washtenaw County, MLive, February 22, 2014
Thompson's 54-acre donation is located on a tributary to Iron Creek—which makes it ecologically significant to water quality as the creek is in the River Raisin watershed. The property is also a habitat for the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, which are a rare find in Michigan due to habitat loss.