booklet was created for those who live, work, visit, cottage or
within the range of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake
(Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) Ė Ontarioís only venomous snake!
The eastern massasauga rattlesnake is a
fascinating and unique Ontario reptile.
Although itís venomous, the massasauga is timid. It prefers to avoid
sheltering itself under shrubs, ferns, brush, or slabs of rock. When it is
encountered in open habitat, the massasauga prefers to move to a more hidden
location. The public may encounter the snake near dwellings, campgrounds, or
trails. However, most people will never get to see a massasauga in the wild
of the snakeís secretive behaviour. But even if you donít encounter a
there is much to learn about this misunderstood reptile.