I know that a rattlesnake is an odd subject to scrap but this is an endangered species and I thought it was cool that I found one.I was taking Blossom for a walk and discovered this cool looking baby snake in the path. I did not think it was venomous as I did not think we had any venomous snakes in northern Illinois. Just to safe though I did not point it out to blossom who never noticed it and I surreptitiously snapped some photos. When I got home to find out more, I discovered it was actually poisonous but also very Zen for a rattlesnake it prefers to flee rather than to confront. A cool siting and glad Blossom did not notice.
A venomous snake once found throughout Illinois was listed last week as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, also known as the “swamp rattler,” produces venom more toxic than most other rattlesnakes. However, the snake is known to be timid and more likely to flee rather than fight when confronted. The snake reportedly bites one or two people on average each year in Michigan and Ontario, Canada, where the largest populations live, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency which made the announcement Thursday.