Is it true a snake will not cross over a rope?
If you plan on camping outside this summer and worry about snakes
crawling in to your sleeping bag during the night, don't depend on the
old campfire story that surrounding your sleeping area with a rope
will keep snakes away.
|Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake|
A few experiments have suggested that some snakes do not like to cross some ropes, but almost all snakes will cross almost all ropes when they want to get somewhere. You can watch MythBusters bust this myth: http://www.discovery.com/mythbusters
Michigan's only venomous snake, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, is a rare sight for most state residents. Historically, they could be found in a variety of wetlands and nearby upland woods throughout the lower peninsula. During the late spring, these snakes move from their winter hibernation sites, such as small mammal burrows in swamps and marshlands, to hunt on the drier upland sites - likely in search of mice and voles, their favorite food.
These rattlesnakes avoid confrontation with humans; they are not prone to strike - preferring to leave the area when they are threatened. Like any animal though, these snakes will protect themselves from anything they see as a potential predator. Any bite from a massasauga should receive prompt professional medical attention. When compared to other rattlesnakes found in the United States, the massasauga is the smallest and has the least toxic venom.
It is important to remember that all snakes play an important role in the ecosystem. Some may eat insects, others like the massasauga consider rodents a delicacy and help control their population. Snakes are also a part of a larger food web and can provide food to eagles, herons, and several mammals.
Read more at the Michigan DNR