a small rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, ranging from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border.
Origin of massasauga
First recorded in 1830–40; irregular after Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada
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The Massasauga is one of the smaller rattlesnakes, averaging about two feet in length.
The massasauga is the rattlesnake occasionally found in the swamps from western New York to Nebraska, but it is rare.
One found at another locality had apparently hibernated in company with a massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus).
British Dictionary definitions for massasauga
a North American venomous snake, Sistrurus catenatus, that has a horny rattle at the end of the tail: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
Word Origin for massasauga
C19: named after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada, where it was first found
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