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Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus)

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Created: ----Hidden----
Last Modified: March 27th, 2017 - 07:25 PM
Entered by: Posted anonymously
Record # 100923
Observation Information
County: Butler County
Time: ----Hidden----
Qty: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Air Temperature: 68.00F
Cloud Cover: Few clouds
Weather Conditions: Calm
Elevation: 1207.00ft
Habitat: meadow

Notes

Stopped at a known population site to see if I could find one after searching for two hrs at a nearby location with all the correct habitat features. Conditions were optimal at lunch time. Temp's above 60, mild breeze made skin feel cool, mostly sunny for the preceding hr but clouds moving in from south. Found this short stout smallish, gravid female in 20 minutes. She moved as I was listening to a gobbler sound-off in the field to the north. The snake silently tried to retreat into crayfish hole until Mr. Pinchy slowed her down. That's when the buzzing began. The snake tongs are pointing at exit to crayfish borrow. She buzzed for more than five minutes then retreated into water filled mammal tunnel about six inches from the crayfish hole in the photo. Found crayfish shed nearby and sauga morsels too.

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