According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the only poisonous snake from Michigan is now considered an endangered species. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake waited for more than 30 years until the authorities decided he must be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The poisonous snake is described as being shy and not aggressive. Unfortunately, it does not have many places to live at the moment because people build a lot of buildings in the area and also left a few wetlands for the poisonous snake from Michigan to live. People are hoping that this decision will save the massasauga rattlesnake and its habitat.
There are so many roads and buildings that it is very hard for the snake to find food and shelter. Moreover, it is not able to move to other places because there are roads a lot of other dangers which makes the population be isolated. Even though the snake was seen as a candidate for protection from 1982, only this year the authorities listed it as threatened.
Many people kill the snake when they see it because they are afraid of the venom it has. However, biologist explained that the poisonous snake avoids confrontation and attacks only when it feels a major threat.
You could be surprised to find out that when they are found in open space, the snakes are afraid of us. That is why they become aggressive. Even when you sit next to it, the massasauga rattlesnake is hoping you will leave and left it alone. Of course, this thing is hard, especially when you are face to face with a snake.
The best solution would be to develop a habitat for this poisonous snake, where it would be provided with food. This way the snake will be protected and humans will not have to worry. The massasauga rattlesnake is found in 10 states, in areas with wetlands and woods.
It is hard for the authorities to count the number of snakes because it is difficult to track them. It seems the fact that massasauga is captured, sold or killed is putting its life in danger. There have been no human deaths due to this poisonous snake in the last 100 years. Snakes play an important role because they feed on mice so they help to control their population.
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