Girl bitten by rattlesnake at University of Michigan botanical gardens

Spokeswoman says girl is being treated at hospital

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A young girl is being treated for a rattlesnake bite she got at the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

University of Michigan campus police spokeswoman Diane Brown told Local 4 the girl, whose age was not specified, was bitten Wednesday by an Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake. The girl is at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for treatment.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the rattlesnake is the state's only venomous snake. 

  • Massasaugas have thick bodies with colors that range from gray, grayish brown or brown. Its back has large dark brown blotches with smaller lighter brown patches on its sides. Young Massasaugas are similarly marked with brighter coloration.
  • This snake has a wide triangular head and eyes with slit shaped pupils.
  • Adults can be 18" to 30" in length.
  • Young Massasaugas have small yellow buttons or "rattles" at the tip of their tail. Adult "rattles" are grayish yellow, like pieces of corn kernels, on top of dark rings.


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