Pair of Endangered Rattlesnakes Confirmed in Iowa [VIDEO]
I’m not a snake guy. Garter, bull, it doesn’t matter. If one’s nearby and you’re talking to me you’re likely talking to air, because I’ll be gone. In a flash. That’s why writing this story might have me waking up at night screaming.
2017 has seen two confirmed sightings of creepy-crawly endangered snakes in the Hawkeye state. The first is the Prairie Rattlesnake. This snakes rattle won’t put any baby to sleep… especially when you consider they can grow to nearly four feet in length (45-inches to be exact).
The Des Moines Register says the Prairie Rattlesnake was seen near Sioux City in the Broken Kettle Grassland Preserve. The female snake had eight eggs, which should be born sometime between mid-August and mid-September. Don’t mess with her, though. Prairie Rattlesnakes are one of the few venomous snakes in Iowa.
The snake seen in Iowa this year for the first time in a decade-and-a-half is the Massasauga Rattlesnake. It was spotted in eastern Iowa, in the Lower Cedar Valley Preserve at Muscatine.
The Massasauga Rattlesnake, and its spade-shaped head, can get up to 30-inches long. They’re known as “swamp rattlers.”
Now I know snakes do plenty of good for us, and I’m definitely for helping endangered species. However, I also know one other thing… nightmares are coming.