mas·​sa·​sau·​ga | \ ˌma-sə-ˈsȯ-gə How to pronounce massasauga (audio) \

Definition of massasauga

: a small North American rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus)

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Recent Examples on the Web Copperheads, timber rattlesnakes and eastern massasauga rattlesnakes are the three species of venomous snakes in Pennsylvania, according to the Fish and Boat Commission. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Pennsylvania woman bitten by venomous copperhead snake while doing laundry," 19 June 2019 The other two species, also part of the pit viper family, are the timber rattlesnake and eastern massasauga. Fox News, "Pennsylvania woman bitten by venomous snake while doing laundry," 19 June 2019 Pennsylvania is also home to a smaller venomous rattlesnake called the massasauga, which is rare and found in only a few western counties. Jason Nark,, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 The app includes forms for reporting observations on: Diseased wildlife Tagged fish Mammals such as cougars and feral swine Fish such as sturgeon Birds such as wild turkeys Reptiles and amphibians such as eastern massasauga rattlesnakes. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "See a wild hog? Now there's an app to report it," 8 Aug. 2017 Jennifer Moore and her research team at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, Michigan, are creating a longer-term data set to examine the implication of the disease on eastern massasauga rattlesnakes. Hannah Lang, National Geographic, "Mysterious Disease Attacks Rattlesnakes," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of massasauga

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for massasauga

Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada

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“Massasauga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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mas·​sa·​sau·​ga | \ ˌmas-ə-ˈsȯg-ə How to pronounce massasauga (audio) \

Medical Definition of massasauga

: a medium-sized rattlesnake of the genus Sistrurus (S. catenatus) that has nine large scales on the head, grows to a length of about 18 to 39 inches (46 to 100 centimeters), and is distributed from southern Ontario across the central United States to northeastern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona

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