massasauga (plural massasaugas)
- The rattlesnake Crotalus catenatus or Sistrurus catenatus in the family Viperidae, found in three subspecies.
1887 March 1, The American Naturalist, volume 21, page 212:
- I hope in this paper to contribute something to the knowledge of the Prairie Rattlesnake, or Massasauga (Caudisona tergemina).
1895, Leonhard Hess Stejneger, The Poisonous Snakes of North America, page 414:
- The Massasauga is emphatically a species of the prairies and their swamps and marshes.
2010, John E. Werler, Texas Snakes: Identification, Distribution, and Natural History, page 407:
- According to the zoologist, the massasaugas were found abroad from mid-April to late October, chiefly during the daylight hours and for an average 197 days annually during the study period.