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I think it's just a Northern watersnake

but he was cool looking and just was chillin on a lillypad!

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This is a Massasauga rattlesnake. You can tell it is poisonous by its elliptical shaped eye. All non-poisonous snakes in the USA have round pupils except the Coral Snake.
 
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Paul, you are a very brave man for getting this shot. If I came upon this creature, I would be gone like a cool breeze on a summer's day.
 
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I may be wrong be I believe that this snake is being considered to be added to the Federal endangered species list so please do not kill one if you spot another. :smile:

Tom
 
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I may be wrong be I believe that this snake is being considered to be added to the Federal endangered species list so please do not kill one if you spot another. :smile:

Tom
I think you are right. I read online that Michigan is one of their last strong holds.
 
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yes - I was just on the Michigan DNR page and found an observation report to fill out etc

Status: Special Concern, it is protected by the State of Michigan and is a candidate for federal listing
never realized how rare that is - makes me feel even better about being able to see one!
 

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