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A rare, poisonous snake is mounted with a drive with a Michigan couple on their kayaking trip earlier this month.
Jonathan and Jessica Hothan were on a 14 hour per day of fishing in Cleveland More when they saw that the Eastern massasauga rattlesnake — Michigan is the only poisonous snake — to go through the water.
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“I was looking for a new place to fish, all of a sudden I see a snake, cutting through the water,” Jessica explained in an Instagram post about the sighting. “I had no idea that it would be a rare and beautiful snake.”
She went on to explain that Jonathan drew the snake in a just before it could get on her kayak.
That was when he realized that it was an Eastern massasauga rattlesnake, he told Michigan Live, on the basis of the hiss, the shape of her head and her narrow neck.
Jonathan estimates of the hose between the 27 and 29 cm long, the outlet reported.
“As soon as the snake was in the net he does not want to go back in the water,” Jessica wrote on Instagram, explaining that her husband moved the hose to his paddle.
Jonathan told Michigan Live that Jessica was “a little concerned”, as she took pictures.
“I was stoked. I was super excited to have a close encounter with an endangered animal,” he told the outlet.
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“It was the calmest snake I have ever encountered,” he explained. “He was totally happy just sitting there and out of the water. He tried not to come to me, not trying to come off of the paddle, he was just completely chill.”
The Eastern massasauga rattlesnake Michigan’s only venomous snake, according to the state, the Ministry of Natural Resources. The hose also has populations in Ontario, Canada, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Eventually, Jessica explained on social media, the couple got to the coast, where they let the snake go.
“It was a reminder that I will never forget!” she wrote.
According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNC), the Eastern massasauga rattlesnake is the state’s only poisonous snake. It is also considered as an endangered species by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to loss and fragmentation of habitat.
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The hose also has populations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.