A rare and endangered snake was found in Ohio

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A rare and endangered snake was found in Ohio last month.

In a post on Facebook, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said an eastern massasauga rattlesnake was found in Ohio by Huron County conservationist Matthew D. Smith. The snake was found during an annual snake survey, the Facebook post said.

Measurements for the snake were not shared by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which added that the snake had been released.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the eastern Massasauga rattlesnake was listed as endangered under the Endanger Species Act in 2016 due to “significant” population declines due to habitat loss.

The eastern massasauga rattlesnake – a small pit viper – is found in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. They are usually gray or light brown and have chocolate brown to black spots on their back and sides, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The snake is venomous, but people are rarely bitten by it due to its “elusive and shy behavior,” experts say.

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