The eastern massasauga rattlesnake, Michigan's lone venomous viper, is the scariest snake you've probably never seen — except in pictures, perhaps. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Species Survival Plan® is a collaborative science-based management program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Our goal is to document their distribution and help measure changes or … Up to half of all bites are “dry,” with no venom occurring. Published on May 20, 2015 The Michigan DNR’s 60-Second Snakes video series talks about identification tips and information about Michigan’s snake species. Michigan is one of the few places where Eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes seem to be doing reasonably well, though populations are declining here as well. The massasauga is a shy, timid snake that will usually flee if disturbed. MSU says if you get bit, move away from the snake and wait for help to arrive, or go to the nearest hospital immediately. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, sometimes called the Michigan Rattlesnake, Prairie Massasauga, or Swamp Massasauga, is one of several Michigan-native snakes, but is Michigan’s only venomous snake. EMR is state listed as “species of special concern” (Michigan DNR 2015). Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Historically, they could be found in a variety of wetlands and nearby upland woods throughout the lower peninsula. The massasauga is the state's only venomous snake and rattlesnake,… The massasauga is a shy, timid snake that will usually flee if disturbed. Most common bites tend to be at the boot top level when someone steps on or over the snake, because it can't strike very high above ground. Populations of this snake have declined so much that it is now necessary to work to conserve it or it could go extinct in the future. Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road Porter, IN 46304 January 10, 2005 Great Lakes Network Report GLKN/2005/02 . Michigan Natural Features Inventory P.O. According to MSU, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes are shy and will avoid humans. The eastern massasauga is a small, thick-bodied rattlesnake that lives in shallow wetlands and adjacent uplands in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario. You can also visit the Michigan DNR website for more information. It is Michigan's only venomous snake, and one of only two rattlesnake species that occur in the Great Lakes region. Sistrurus catenatus catenatus Juvenile from southeast Michigan. In Michigan, you will hear “Michigan Rattler” or “Swamp Rattler” quite often. Photo by Abbey Kucera/USFWS Sign up to receive updates on news and events.