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Rare Fungus Kills Endangered Rattlesnakes In Southern Illinois
2012-02-22 04:22:09

A small population of rattlesnakes that already is in decline in southern Illinois faces a new and unexpected threat in the form of a fungus rarely seen in the wild, researchers report.


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2007-01-10 11:03:32

The Pygmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the southeastern United States. There are three subspecies of this snake. They are generally a small species that grow to between 15 to 31 inches in length. Photo by LA Dawson

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2007-01-10 11:01:33

The Desert Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus edwardsii, is a subspecies of the Massasauga rattlesnake. It is found in the southwestern United States, primarily in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. There are also small populations in Colorado, Oklahoma, California, and in northern Mexico. It is found in rocky, semi-arid and arid areas. The Desert Massasauga has a light gray or white base color, with dark gray or gray-brown blotches. Their underside is typically entirely white. They are among the...

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2007-01-10 10:58:11

The Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the United States, primarily in the Great Lakes region from New York to Illinois, including Ontario in Canada. Some isolated populations are found as far south as northern Missouri. It is the only venomous snake in Michigan, where it is known as the Michigan Rattler. It is also called the swamp rattler because it prefers swamps and other wetland areas. Its common name is derived from the Native American Ojibwa...

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2005-06-15 17:02:02

Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous New World snakes (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus) which have a small jointed rattle on their tails. They use this rattle as a warning device when they feel threatened. The rattle is composed of a series of nested, hollow beads which are actually modified scales from the tail-tip. Each time the snake sheds its skin, a new rattle segment is added. Since they may shed their skins many times a year (depending on food supply and consequent growth rates), and...

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