Rare “highly toxic” viper found in Ohio. Here’s what to know about the eastern Massasauga rattlesnake.

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An annual snake survey in Ohio revealed an unexpected find – an eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, an “increasingly rare” snake in the state that is considered threatened.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said one of its officers in Huron County found the rattler in May. Officials captured the snake, recorded its measurements, and then released it back into the wild.

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