Michigan Residents Asked To Respect Rattlesnakes

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan residents have been asked to respect rattlesnakes in light of a recent incident at an Ann Arbor botanical garden.

A report filed by the University of Michigan Police Department says a young girl was bitten by an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake earlier this summer. The child was not wearing shoes, so police don't know if she stepped on the snake before it bit her leg. She was treated at a local hospital.

Experts from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources tell the Ann Arbor News that Eastern Massasauga bites are uncommon. The species is one of the smallest and least venomous rattlesnakes in the country.

The snakes live throughout Michigan where wetlands and hilly areas meet.
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