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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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The company says the vaccine also offers good coverage against the venom of the sidewinder, the timber rattlesnake, the massasauga, and the pygmy rattler.
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The eastern massasauga rattlesnake is endangered, according to the (https://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/reptiles/eama/eama-fct-sht.html) U.S.
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Hibernation of the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) in northern Michigan.
The venom used in its production came from Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes, so it is considered most effective for that species, but it is assumed to protect against related venoms, such as the Western Rattlesnake (including the Prairie, Great Basin, Northern, and Southern Pacific varieties), Sidewinder, Timber Rattlesnake, Massasauga, and Copperhead.
The eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus), has experienced range-wide population declines and is a candidate for listing under the U.S.
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