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Michigan’s Only Venomous Snake is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake [VIDEO]

Do you know the venomous snakes of Michigan?

Not too long ago, I was walking my dog along a nature trail when I heard a loud hissing sound.

I looked behind us and saw a snake, head flat and unhappy. You don’t often see snakes in Michigan, besides garter snakes, and I had never seen this type before.

Cautiously, I stepped forward (fortunately my dog wasn’t the brightest pup in the litter; she was too busy sniffing a rock up ahead to care about the snake). I was cautious because I know very little about snakes, and I didn’t know if Michigan had venomous snakes.

Turns out the only venomous snake in Michigan is the eastern massasauga rattlesnake.

If you’re going to the outdoors, it’s a good idea to know about the flora and fauna in your area. I thought I knew enough—until I encountered that snake.

Now I know what to look for if I see another one on my walks.

Oh, that snake I saw on the trail was an eastern hog-nosed snake. Not venomous, but it would have released a nasty musk if I had gotten too close.

Michigan’s Only Venomous Snake is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake [VIDEO]