SNAKE IS WHICH
One of the first steps in
massasauga conservation is learning how to identify the
rattlesnake. To do so requires that one learn how to identify
other snakes sharing the same range as the rattlesnake.
The eastern massasauga rattlesnake
has similarities with four of Ontario’s non-venomous
snakes. The remaining 12 Ontario snake species are either striped
or without pattern, and are thus not discussed in this booklet.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
WHEN YOU SEE A SNAKE:
- the snake’s pattern: striped,
blotches, or without pattern?
- Is the tail pointed or blunt at
- What colour is the skin?
- Is the skin rough or smooth?
- How big is the snake?
If it is an adult snake with
blotches or bands, then you know it must be one of the five
species in Ontario with such markings: eastern massasauga
rattlesnake, eastern fox, eastern milk, northern water, or eastern
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