An important component of our ecosystems, the massasauga is a relatively small, thick-bodied rattlesnake. Although often confused with other banded or blotched snakes (such as the eastern foxsnake), the massasauga’s distinctive rattle sets it apart. When shaken, the rattle produces a high-pitched buzzing noise that warns animals and people to move away. This snake is very shy and generally avoids human contact. When it is respected and given a wide berth, bites are uncommon. Deaths as a result of massasauga bites are virtually unheard of in Ontario.
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