One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small North American rattlesnake of variable colour which favours damp habitats.
Sistrurus catenatus, family Viperidae
- ‘Some wildlife enthusiasts are worried about the possible disappearance of the massasauga, the only poisonous snake in the state.’
- ‘Behind glass, loll the snakes: timber rattlers, pygmy rattlers, desert massasauga rattlers, and most of the other 32 rattlesnake species known to inhabit the United States.’
- ‘The massasauga can be characterized as a shy, sluggish snake.’
- ‘They may be preyed upon by larger animals, such as large owls, coyotes, or large snakes, such as eastern massasauga rattlesnakes.’
- ‘Even though you may have never seen the eastern massasauga, if it were called "swamp rattler" you would get a very vivid picture of this animal.’
Mid 19th century: formed irregularly from Mississauga.
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