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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius, found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts south of Fort Macon, Ga., up the Mississippi Valley, and west to Oklahoma. It is of a dark ashen-color, marked along the back with rounded brown blotches, and is one of several rattlesnakes to which the name Massasauga is given.


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  • "Watch your step!" he cried, nimbly avoiding the attentions of a ground-rattler which tried to caress his ankle from under a saw-palmetto.


  • He noticed, too, her sweetness with the dogs, her quick encouragement when work was well done, her brief rebuke when the red dog, galloping recklessly down wind, jumped a ground-rattler and came within a hair's breadth of being bitten.

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  • So Hamil scooped out a trench with his hunting-knife and they buried the little ground-rattler while both dogs looked on, growling.

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  • Next to these a large sized cotton-mouth moccasin is perhaps most to be dreaded, to be followed, depending upon their size, by the other varieties of rattlesnakes, the copperheads, and finally the ground-rattler.

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