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mas·sa·sau·ga

 (măs′ə-sô′gə)
n.
A small, variably colored rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) of North America, often found in moist areas.

[After the Mississagi, a river of southeast Ontario, Canada.]

massasauga

(ˌmæsəˈsɔːɡə)
n
(Animals) a North American venomous snake, Sistrurus catenatus, that has a horny rattle at the end of the tail: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
[C19: named after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada, where it was first found]

mas•sa•sau•ga

(ˌmæs əˈsɔ gə)

n., pl. -gas.
a small rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, found from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border.
[1830–40; irreg. after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.massasauga - small pygmy rattlesnakemassasauga - small pygmy rattlesnake    
rattler, rattlesnake - pit viper with horny segments at the end of the tail that rattle when shaken
2.massasauga - pygmy rattlesnake found in moist areas from the Great Lakes to Mexicomassasauga - pygmy rattlesnake found in moist areas from the Great Lakes to Mexico; feeds on mice and small amphibians
rattler, rattlesnake - pit viper with horny segments at the end of the tail that rattle when shaken
genus Sistrurus, Sistrurus - pygmy rattlesnakes
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Of particular interest to land managers is how to conduct prescribed bums in areas known to contain massasaugas in a manner that will yield the desired management results with minimal impact on the massasaugas.
Total area at the two sites differed, but the areas occupied by massasaugas used for this study were approximately the same size (350 ha).
Comptroller Susan Combs said in a press release on Thursday that her office, with the help of a working group, had selected freshwater mussels, the spot-tailed earless lizard and the desert massasaugas, a type of snake, for conservation research.
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The eastern massasaugas in this investigation carrying the fungal infection were from 2 discontiguous sites; therefore, direct transmission is not necessary.
diamondbacks, canebreaks, and massasaugas. Many of the tales have been excerpted from books out of print as long as 75 years.
Unfortunately, prescribed fire during the summer months coincides with the middle of the seasonally active period for massasaugas, as well as other reptile species, and can result in direct mortality.
A total of 8 species, including 9 massasaugas, were captured during 220 drift fence nights (1 fence with 2 traps/24 hrs) (Table 2).
Eastern plains garters (Thamnophis radix radix) and eastern massasaugas (Sisturus catenatus catenatus) are listed as endangered on Ohio's threatened and endangered species list and found in Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County, Ohio, USA.
Responses of the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) to Prescribed Burns Wetland Habitats.
A medium-sized rattlesnake, the massasauga is one of three venomous snakes found in New York State.
The eastern plains garters (Thamnophis radix radix) and eastern massasauga (Sisturus catenatus catenatus) are listed as endangered on Ohio's threatened and endangered species list and found in Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County, Ohio, USA.