SAVING THE EASTERN MASSASAUGA
The sound of a rattlesnake’s shaking tail can evoke a visceral response of fear in almost anyone. But in reality, snakes like the eastern massasauga have more reason to fear us than we have to fear them. Human development resulting in farms, roads, and homes has d rained this species’ wetland habitat so much that the snake has been eliminated in most of its territory.
The eastern massasauga was first listed as a candidate species in 1982. Candidate designation provides no protection for species, and species can remain in limbo on the list for years or even decades; under the second Bush administration, the number of species protected dropped to the lowest figure since the Endangered Species Act became law. So in 2004, the Center filed a petition to protect the eastern massasauga as part of our large-scale candidate petition project, aimed toward forcing the government to make progress in addressing its huge backlog of candidate species — including the massasauga.
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE
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