The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake makes one of its homes in southeastern Michigan. The snake is endanger of extinction everywhere but Michigan. Scientists have not figured that one out yet.
Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR
The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake is Michigan's only venomous snake and it makes its home in wetland areas. Mice and voles are the main diet for the Massasauga and if you ever happen along one it is best to just leave it alone. They avoid human contact, but will strike if threatened so you really should just let them be.
Massasauga rattlesnakes are on Michigan's Species of Special Concern list due to loss of wetlands areas here in Michigan. All other states where the Massasauga is found list the rattlesnake as "endangered". It is a misdemeanor to kill one in Michigan and can result in a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.
For more information about the Massasauga rattlesnake in Michigan visit: Detroit Free Press article on the Massasauga population in Michigan Michigan DNR Massasauga rattlesnake information