Harvey, D. S., and P. J. Weatherhead. Johnson, Glenn and Alvin Breisch. This species is a mild-mannered snake that rarely strikes (Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 2019). Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. As this species is vulnerable to illegal collection and persecution, no naturally occurring populations are listed. Krofta (2007) suggests a stable population consists of a minimum of 200-300 adults and subadults. The eastern massasauga is strongly associated with wetlands across most of its range. During the winter, these snakes hibernate individually in sphagnum hummocks and root systems where the soil is saturated, but not inundated. Monthly highlights - 16 July to 15 August 1986. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. Szymanski, Jennifer. These waters have high concentrations of minerals and high pH values, generally from 6.0 to 7.8. When the tail is vibrated, a distinct buzzing sound is produced, characteristic of a disturbed rattlesnake. Ernst, C. H. 1992. in partnership with the 1986. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 16:162-171. This species has a series or loose scales at the end of the tail that vibrates (rattles). The eastern massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus catenatus, is a small crotaline rattlesnake with a United States range extending north and east from the Missouri River, to central Wisconsin, the northeastern shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada, and to New York state (Conant and Collins, 1991). The historical range in Canada extended throughout the mesic prairie and wetlands that formerly were common in southwestern and west-central Ontario (Johnson and Menzies 1993).Recent evidence (see Szymanski 1998) indicates that Eastern Massasaugas in all of Missouri and Iowa likely represent subspecies catenatus , so all populations north and east of the Missouri River probably should be regarded as S. c. catenatus. A new segment is added each time the snake sheds. Sistrurus catenatus (Rafinesque, 1818). Delmar, NY. The suggested goal is to have at least 50% of the habitat open with vegetation less than 0.5 meter tall (Johnson et al. The marl substrate is always saturated, may be flooded, and has a very high pH, generally greater than 7.5. Sexual maturity is reached at approximately 3 to 4 years and snakes can live for about 14 years (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2019). However, natural succession from open, natural wetlands to a closed canopy is a significant threat at both sites (Johnson 1995, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2019, Szymanski 1998). Prescribed burns and mechanical treatments are used to maintain open habitats (Johnson and Breisch 1999, Johnson et al. Preferred prey are small mammals and sometimes other vertebrates. (518) 402-8935. Hunting occurs during the day with the exception of periods of hot weather (Johnson et al. 1986. 1984. International Symposium and Workshop on the Conservation of the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus. Third Edition Expanded. Massasaugas give birth to live young; they do not lay eggs. J. Herpetol. We started with 9 female Huacaya's purchased at an auction in October 2015 and now currently have 13 Some adults, however, are all black. Metro Toronto Zoo. Delmar, NY. Gestating areas and hibernacula in New York are on protected land which offers some protection. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056 52 pp. It may be necessary to create site-specific management plans. Although the massasauga rattlesnake is thought to be in decline throughout much of its range, Proc. 16:162-171. 2006. Newborn snakes have a single button for a rattle. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington. Additional studies are needed concerning population size, density estimates, age-specific mortality rates, and neonate and subadult movement patterns. Sistrurus catenatus catenatus species assessment and listing priority assignment form. Milwaukee Public Museum. Albany, NY. Critically Imperiled in New York - Especially vulnerable to disappearing from New York due to extreme rarity or other factors; typically 5 or fewer populations or locations in New York, very few individuals, very restricted range, very few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or very steep declines. Please cite this page as: The main source of water is always groundwater. of San Diego, Univ. The eastern massasauga is a small venomous rattlesnake found in the northeastern United States. 450 pp. Rattlesnake Symposium. Metropolitan Toronto Zoo, West Hill, Ontario, Canada. The vegetation may be sparse or patchy, with numerous rock outcrops. 1995. Chicago Academy Science, Special Publication No. 2000, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 2019). Krofta (2007) points out that any habitat management actions have potential to have negative impacts on the population. Map adapted from Conant and Collins (1998) and Harding (1997). (2007) recommends that a closed canopy should make up 0% to 25% of the wetland habitat and snakes have areas for “cryptic” basking. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) is a candidate for federal listing as a threatened or endangered Distinct Population Segment (DPS) (U.S. FWS 2003). Two key characteristics to help identify Eastern Massasauga are the nine large scales on the crown and the rattle. In New York, the Eastern Massasauga is found in wetland habitat in the central and western part of the state and the range of the two species do not overlap. The whitish substance is calcium carbonate, people used to harvest marl to lime agricultural fields. J. Herpetol. A unique structure, it is formed from loosely attached, hard, horny segments. Many sustainable agricultural practices can benefit Eastern Massasauga populations (Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 2019).Educational materials that explain Eastern Massasauga biology might be useful in areas where the public has concerns about venomous snakes. 13pp. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. Eckel, E.C. U.S. Upland habitats do not have the same protections as wetlands and risk fragmentation between seasonally used habitats. The Massasauga can be found in wet prairies in their western range and bogs and swamps in the eastern part of their range. Hibernation site selection by eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) near their northern range limit. Metro Toronto Zoo, West Hill Ontario. Krofta (2007) suggests a minimum population of 200-300 adults and subadults at each site to be considered stable. 26-33. 1982. Gravid females remain in wetlands until 10 to 12 days after parturition (Johnson 1995). Some individuals are all black. During the summer months, individuals may disperse into nearby woods and fields in search of prey. Brush cutting, prescribed burning and herbicide use are being studied as methods to improve the habitat. Eastern massasaugas currently live in an area that extends from central New York and southern Ontario to southern Iowa and includes eight states and one Canadian province. Historically, this species was once considered abundant at known locations (Johnson et al. The body is distinctively marked with a row of large black or dark brown hourglass-shaped markings along the back and three rows of smaller dark spots on each side. The eastern massasauga is a small, thick-bodied rattlesnake that lives in shallow wetlands and adjacent uplands in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Subspecies catenatus may intergrade with subspecies tergeminus in north-central Missouri (Beltz, in Johnson and Menzies 1993). The general appearance of the eastern massasauga can vary, with some indi-viduals having brown blotches on a gray background and others being almost completely black in color. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York. What does an Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake look like? State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Historic reports and scattered … The population trend is unknown. 239 pp. This is one of the smallest venomous snakes in North America. of California Press, Berkeley. New York State Museum Bull. 2000). Johnson et al. 378 pp. Males and non-gravid female use similar upland habitat while gravid females remain close to hibernacula. Body color ranges from light brown to gray with a row of dark brown to black hourglass-shaped blotches down the back. Conserv. Massasaugas frequent other wet, lowland habitats, including marshes and floodplains. 2000). The massasauga rattlesnake is the smallest of the three venomous snakes found in New York State, the other two being the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) and the copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix).Derived from the Chippewa language, "massasauga" translates to "great river-mouth" and probably refers to the snake's preference for wet habitats, including riverine … Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Massachusetts. Swamp rattler. Venomous reptiles of North America. J. Herpetol. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 2021. Range in Ohio Today, this snake occurs in isolated places in glaciated parts of western and northern Ohio. The best time to mow is while the snakes are hibernating (Johnson et al. Second edition. The eastern massasauga has been listed as a candidate species on the United States Endangered Species Act since 1999. The plants are often sparse and stunted. Sistrurus catenatus. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237717107_THE_EASTERN_MASSASAUGA_RATTLESNAKE_IN_NEW_YORK_OCCURRENCE_AND_HABITAT_MANAGEMENT, https://waterlandlife.org/wildlife-pnhp/species-at-risk-in-pennsylvania/eastern-massasauga-rattlesnake/, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Black spruce-tamarack bog Conant, R. and J. T. Collins. There is no rattle. Seasonally reducing speed limits when snakes are active should also be considered. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake ranges from western New York and southern Ontario to eastern Iowa and Missouri. Ernst, C. H., and R. W. Barbour. Average length is 27.5 inches. New York Natural Heritage Program. Females give birth to live young approximately every two years. Journal of Herpetology 40:66-73. These are the timber rattlesnake, the massasauga (erroneously called "pygmy rattler"), and the copperhead. The massasauga rattlesnake is the smallest of the three venomous snakes found in New York State, the other two being the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) and the copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix). Massasauga rattlesnakes range from central New York and southern Ontario west to the prairies of Iowa and Missouri. Available from: https://guides.nynhp.org/eastern-massasauga/. New York Natural Heritage Program, a program of the California Press, Berkeley. 625 Broadway, 5th floor. Information for this guide was last updated on: 1983. The timber rattlesnake's head is covered with numerous small scales. The species is commonly known as the eastern massasauga. Albany, NY. Although the massasauga rattlesnake is thought to be in decline throughout much of its range, only the eastern subspecies (Sistrurus c. catenatus) is currently under Movements and Habitat Utilization by the Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus catenatus. 1902. 2000. Studies have been conducted in a continuing effort to determine the size and habitat requirements of New York's two populations. J. Wildl. When they emerge in the spring, males and non-gravid females remain near their hibernation site for 10 to 20 days (Johnson 1995, Johnson et al. Development, agriculture, unregulated hunting, snake collecting are all present threats. 62:84-97. 1998. The Audubon Society field guide to North American reptiles and amphibians. 282 pp. July 11, 2019. There are three rows of smaller blotches on each side. The northern populations in Ontario, Canada, around Georgian Bay are found in rock outcrop areas that are more similar to the habitat where we find timber rattlesnakes. Press, Fairfax, Virginia. Rattlesnakes can be found in almost every U.S. state. Rattlesnakes: Their Habitat, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind. DESCRIPTION: The eastern massasauga (Sistrurus c. catenatus) is a small to medium sized rattlesnake, with adults typically reaching lengths of approxi-mately 18 to 30 inches. Status assessment for Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus c. catenatus). Natural history of amphibians and reptiles of Wisconsin. When threatened, this species flattens it head, similar to a cobra or flips over and plays dead. For plants, removal or damage without the consent of the landowner is prohibited. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Some people kill snakes due to fear during accidental encounters. The rattlesnakes. Unlike most rattlesnakes, Eastern Massasauga do not hibernate with other snakes (Johnson 1995). 2000). 2008. DeGraaf, R.M. The massasauga is native to the lower peninsula of Michigan and several other Great Lakes states. 2000) in search of prey (Johnson 1995). 2021. 1993. Marl is a whitish substance that is deposited from water that has a lot of calcium dissolved in it. Subspecies no longer recognized. Species at risk: Eastern Massasuaga rattlesnake. Management plans should include strategies that includes habitats for small mammals and crayfish (Johnson et al. Rattlesnakes: their habits, life histories, and influence on mankind. Derived from the Chippewa language, "massasauga" translates to "great river-mouth" and probably refers to the snake's preference for wet habitats, including riverine bottomlands. Univ. Wet prairie is the preferred habitat in the west, bogs and swamps in the east. Post-glacial changes affecting habitat conditions worked against the massasauga, eliminating the preferred prairie habitats in the eastern half of the range. Weatherhead, P. J., and K. A. 1985. Spatial ecology, habitat preference, and habitat management of the eastern massasauga, Sistrurus catentatus catenatus in a New York weakly-minerotrophic peatland. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake: A Handbook for Land Managers. USFWS Region 3. Integrating timber and wildlife management. 1918. They do not aggregate with other snakes as other venomous snakes do. Reinert, H. K. and W. R. Kodrich. What is an eastern massasauga rattlesnake? In addition, continued monitoring is advised to determine effectiveness of management actions, including monitoring at control sites (Shoemaker et al. Disking should be used as a last result because it can kill a lot of snakes and damage hibernation sites. Eastern Massasauga Guide - New York Natural Heritage Program Studies should be conducted to find as many hibernating sites as possible because altering these sites could negatively impact the population. 2000). Johnson, G. 1990. Historically, snakes were killed in large numbers throughout its range (Szymanski 1998). Manage. This species is confined to two sites in the state: one in Onondaga County and one in Genesee County. Journal of Herpetology 34:186-192. 205 pp. Endangered Species Unit. Reproduction has been confirmed at both sites. Harding, J. H. 1997. Until outlawed in 1971, there was a bounty in certain counties in Northern New York for the rattles of these snakes. However, the rattlesnake that you find in Alabama is likely to be a different species to the one you would find in California. 1991. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Harvey and Weatherhead 2006, Johnson 1995, Johnson et al. Anthropogenic factors are the most significant threat to Eastern Massasauga populations. Tom Bell, NYS DEC. Massasaugas depend on wetlands for food and shelter but often use nearby upland areas during part of the year. Johnson, G. 2000. Johnson, B., and V. Menzies, editors. Marl fens may occur as small patches within a rich graminoid fen. Otherwise, the two can be differentiated by the scalation on the head; the Eastern Massasauga has nine plates on the crown of its head instead of the numerous small scales found on the Timber Rattlesnake (Conant and … Zoological Soc. Mark/recapture and radio-telemetry studies were initiated in the early 1980s to determine the status of this species in New York State. Reinert, H. K., and W. R. Kodrich. Therefore, neither populations in New York are considered stable. With that said, the other poisonous snake that you'll want to keep an eye out for is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake! Locations that provide open sunny areas with elevated hummocks for basking as well as shaded areas for retreat are ideal. The population size is approximately 200 snakes, excluding neonates (Krofta 2007). Natural succession is a significant threat. The heat sensitive pits between the eyes and the nostrils are unique to pit vipers. Albany, NY 12233-4757. Young are born from mid-August to September. Courtship and mating occurs August through September and females give birth to live young from mid-August to mid-September the following year (Johnson 1995). Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake This is the smallest of the three venomous snakes in New York, with an average size of 1 to 3 feet in length. Paulmier. The eastern massasauga is associated with nonforested wetlands across its range (Wright 1941, Reinert and Kodrich 1982, Seigel 1986, Weatherhead and Prior 1992) and will use fen and transitional peatlands, especially in the east- Today, most populations occur in Michigan and Ontario, but also in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation studies indicate a sharp population decline since the 1960s which lead to listing this species as state endangered in 1983 (Johnson and Breisch 1999). 1992. Species are listed as such due to their wide distribution, presumed large population, or because they are unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. They are active during the day, but will hunt at night when it's hot outside. In New York, massasaugas hibernate from late October through late April in low, wet areas, often under sphagnum hummocks. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This guide was authored by: Shaw, Hollie Y. For animals, taking, importation, transportation, or possession is prohibited, except under license or permit. The massasauga feeds primarily on small rodents, but may also take a variety of small animals including other snake species, shrews, and an occasional frog or nesting bird. Appearance: Massasaugas are small snakes with thick bodies, heart-shaped heads and vertical pupils. Eastern massasauga is a stout, thick-bodied snake that ranges from 45 to 100 cm (18 to 40 in) in length. A series of spots and saddles are arranged down the back and sides. Note that some plants may respond to cutting by growing more densely (Johnson and Breisch 1999). Endangered Species Unit. Reilly, E.M. 1955. New York Status: EndangeredFederal Status: Not Listed. Our farm is located on 32 acres just outside of Syracuse, NY and borders the Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, which is home to the endangered Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (hence our name). 2000). Johnson, G. 1992. New York Natural Heritage Program. The species have predominantly boreal distributions. Conservationist 39(3):35. Johnson et al. Krofta, Alex T. 2007. A community that occurs on cool, dry, rocky ridgetops and summits where the bedrock is calcareous (such as limestone or dolomite), and the soils are more or less calcareous. Natural Areas Journal 10:219-220. Historically, this species was reported from other sites in western New York, but none have been confirmed. Online Conservation Guide for The massasauga reaches sexual maturity in 3-4 years and may live for about 14 years. Wildlife Resources Center. Populations of this snake have declined so much that it is now necessary to work to conserve it or it could go extinct in the future. Johnson, G. 1998. 28:255-257. Copeia 58:67-88. A wetland of mostly grasses usually fed by water from highly calcareous springs or seepage. Mortality increases when snakes attempt to cross roads. 2000, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 2019) or at least when snakes are less active, from 11am to 3pm (Johnson et al 2000). 1993. International symposium and workshop on the conservation of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus catenatus. Final Report. Snakes of New York. (2000) recommend mechanical treatment in peatlands and some wooded areas, which includes cutting, brush-hogging, mowing, and disking. Snakes move upland during the summer months (Johnson et al. The head is broad and heart-shaped with nine large scales on the crown. (, Rich graminoid fen Accessed January 20, 2021. Behler, J. L. and F. W. King. Transitional peatlands are critical for hibernation and gestation. Loss of habitat to development and agriculture, unregulated hunting, and snake collecting have all contributed to the decline of this species. Fish and Wildlife Service protects the eastern massasauga rattlesnake under the Endangered Species Act. The species was listed as state endangered in 1983 (Johnson and Breisch 1999). The eastern massasauga can remain undetected with the help of its pattern, even at close range. There is a lot of misinformation about this snake out there and most of it has to do with the snake’s size and appearance. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. ix + 236 pp. U.S. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation studies indicate a sharp population decline since the 1960s (Johnson and Breisch 1999). These rattlesnakes can be found in central New York State and southern Ontario, Canada. This rattlesnake can also be identified by the nine large scales on the crown of the head, similar to most non-venomous snakes. Eastern Massasauga use different habitat seasonally. A wetland that occurs on a bed of marl. Based on this minimum, both sites in New York are vulnerable. In New York, this species does not occur at the same locations as timber rattlesnakes, the only other rattlesnake species in the state. Young snakes are similar, but colors are more vivid. Seigel, R. A. Two volumes. 1998. Rudis. The species S. catenatus is classified as least concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake in New York: Occurrence and habitat management. No. Klauber, L. M. 1972. Adults are the best stage for identification, but juvenile appearance is similar. 2009. © 2004-2021 To some people, conservation of a venomous snake may seem a waste of money, stupid and even negligent. The timber rattlesnake, commonly known as a canebrake rattlesnake, is a species of venomous pit viper found in the eastern region of the US, according to Snake Facts. The time of year you would expect to find Eastern Massasauga present, active, and reproducing in New York. The snake has been identified as an Eastern massasauga rattlesnake. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) is a candidate for federal listing as a threatened or endangered Distinct Population Segment (DPS) (U.S. FWS 2003). Accessed on June 24, 2019 from https://waterlandlife.org/wildlife-pnhp/species-at-risk-in-pennsylvania/eastern-massasauga-rattlesnake/. 2000). Movements and habitat utilization by the massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus catenatus. We assessed how endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) responded to 2 types of manipulations at a wetland site in New York, USA: 1) cutting shrubs to create ≤100‐m 2 plots within known gestation areas in 2008, 2011, and 2012, and 2) cutting tree and shrub cover in the adjacent forest to create a 4‐ha forest clearing in 2011. Plant remains do not decompose rapidly and these grasses usually grow on older, undecomposed plant parts. Wintering habitat is largely protected, however, succession is a threat (Johnson 1995, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2019, Szymanski 1998). They are also killed because people fear snakes in general and mistakenly perceive them to be a threat. Although normally active during the daylight hours, massasaugas may resort to evening and nighttime activity to escape the mid-summer heat. Shoemaker et al. The U.S. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Massasauga rattlesnakes range from central New York and southern Ontario west to the prairies of Iowa and Missouri. 9 states where it is present; in New York, the eastern massasauga is known from only 2 sites. New York Natural Heritage Program. 1994. Based on systematic visual … The average length of an adult is about 2 feet. George Mason Univ. United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Eastern Region, Milwaukee, WI. 26:447-452. 141 pp. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Moesel, J. 2000). There are only three species of venomous snakes living in the wilds of New York (many other kinds may be found in the homes of private individuals and, occasionally, escapes occur!). Prior, K. A., and P. J. Weatherhead. If used, the best time to apply herbicides is at the end of the growing season, just before the leaves fall (Johnson et al. A minimum population of 200-300 adults and subadults is considered stable (Krofta 2007).Roads may bisect seasonally used habitats. Canopy cover is quite variable, ranging from open canopy woodlands with as little as 20% cover of evenly spaced canopy trees to closed canopy forests with 80 to 90% cover. Central New York represents the easternmost extent of the Eastern Massasauga range. 1979. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region. 1999. Once found throughout the state, the eastern massasauga rattlesnake (EMR) is listed as an endangered species in New York due to rapid habitat loss. The population estimate is approximately 200 snakes excluding neonates in New York (Krofta 2007). Ecology and Conservation of an Endangered Rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, in Missouri, U. S. A. Biol. Venomous Reptiles of North America. The hummocks are also used as a place for bearing young and, most importantly, for hibernation during winter months. The two remaining sites in New York are safe from development, though natural succession is making them less suitable as time goes by. 1981. 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