Definition of massasauga in English:


Line breaks: mas¦sa|sauga
Pronunciation: /ˌmasəˈsɔːɡə


A small North American rattlesnake of variable colour which favours damp habitats.
  • Sistrurus catenatus, family Viperidae
More example sentences
  • They may be preyed upon by larger animals, such as large owls, coyotes, or large snakes, such as eastern massasauga rattlesnakes.
  • 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.


mid 19th century: formed irregularly from Mississauga.

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