massasauga

massasauga

[mas-uh-saw-guh]
noun
a small rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, ranging from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border.

Origin:
1830–40; irregular after Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada

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massasauga (ˌmæsəˈsɔːɡə)
 
n
a North American venomous snake, Sistrurus catenatus, that has a horny rattle at the end of the tail: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
 
[C19: named after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada, where it was first found]

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massasauga

small North American rattlesnake of the family Viperidae, found in prairies, swamps, and woodlands from the Great Lakes to Arizona. It is typically 45 to 75 cm (18 to 30 inches) long.

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