Rattlesnake bite triggers advisory

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We recently reported on a snakebite incident in lower Michigan. A young, barefoot visitor to an Ann Arbor botanical garden was bitten by an Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, the only rattlesnake native to Michigan. The young girl was hospitalized and recovered.

The incident has triggered an advisory from a group of Michigan naturalists of the risk of an encounter with this species of snake in our state.

Current State’s Mark Bashore speaks with Steven Parrish, a Restorative Ecologist at the Matthei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, to learn more about the potential risks of rattlesnakes in Michigan. Parish says that the bite of the Eastern Massasauga is rarely fatal but they are present in Michigan and people should be aware of their presence.

This story was first reported on WKAR’s Current State and is reproduced here with permission.

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