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Eastern massasauga rattlesnake

Eastern massasauga rattlesnake
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Copyright: Dave Armitage (DaveA) (33)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-13
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon 18-55mm EFS
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-22 16:51
Viewed: 3765
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An eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Michigan is the last state in which they are not endangered. I took this while doing telemetry studies on the snakes this summer. These snakes frequent flooded wetlands in the spring and move upland to prarie fields to breed in July/Aug. They are very shy and prefer to lay motionless in the grass or scurry away before using the rattle, which is small and sometimes nearly inaudible. Also, they are extremely well-camouflaged.

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