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Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery Efforts

Habitat loss has caused this shy species to be endangered through much of its range, including Illinois. Lincoln Park Zoo works with partners across the country to guide its recovery.
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery Efforts

About the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

About the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

About the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Eastern massasauga rattlesnakes feed on small mammals such as mice, shrews and voles. Found from the Midwest to New York and Ontario, they lie in wait for prey, detecting it through vibrations in the ground, a strong sense of smell and heat-sensing pits on the side of the face. A secretive species, the eastern massasauga relies on camouflage for defense and is unlikely to engage people.

Learn more about the species with the eastern massasauga rattlesnake fact sheet.

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