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At one time this animal had a wide range, but it is now limited to small disjunct areas associated with swamps and bogs. It was once found in the Toledo area, but has not been seen for over 30 years in Northwestern Ohio.The Eastern massasauga has been afforded legal protection in every state where it occurs. It is illegal to collect, harass, or kill these snakes. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is working to preserve the last few populations of this snake in Ohio.
There is also a Species Survival Plan (SSP) to help ensure a healthy and genetically diverse population for this rattlesnake. Zoos are part of a team that includes the federal and state governments to help save this species.
Location at The Toledo Zoo: