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BABY RATTLERS!

Juvenile or young rattlesnakes are generally well patterned and
lighter in colour than the adults. They are born with a single cream to yellow coloured segment called a “button” rather than a rattle with several segments. Each time the snake sheds its skin, a segment is added to the rattle. Juveniles are born with venom and functional fangs.
 

When born, the massasauga has only a
cream to yellow segment (button) at the
end of the tail.

 

“LOOK ALIKE” SNAKES: KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE


EASTERN FOX SNAKE
Elaphe gloydi

 

The eastern fox snake is a relatively large snake that inhabits the same areas as the eastern massasauga.
 
The fox snake, as seen here, has a
slender tail.
 

 

 

Adult fox snakes often have a rusty-copper
coloured head.
 

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