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Never seen one.  From what I am reading, the timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) has black bands (and sometimes a rust colored dorsal stripe) whereas the massasauga has blotches or spots down the center of its back with three more rows of blotches down each side. 

 

Timber version is larger and their range extends from around the Mississippi River east, habitat is primarily timber.

Massasauga range is from Ontario, Canada, diagonally down to Arizona and Mexico.  They tend to live in prairies and grasslands.

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Actually Illinois in fact Warren County, the one I live in, has a set aside piece of land just a few miles from here where the Massasauga rattlesnakes have a population established. Ive never seen any of them and no rattle snakes of any kind for that matter.

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I was always taught not to identify snakes from their colours and markings because it's not a guaranteed result. The only accurate way is to count their scales. This can sometimes pose a bit of an obvious problem.

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