Protect the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake From Extinction

Target: Natalie Phelps Finnie, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Goal: Save the eastern massasauga rattlesnake from extinction.

The eastern massasauga eattlesnake, a once-thriving native species in Illinois, is now perilously close to local extinction. Historically, this species played a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance of the state’s diverse ecosystems. However, due to extensive habitat loss and fragmentation, its population has plummeted.

In recent years, the fragmentation of habitats by urbanization and agricultural expansion has significantly reduced the snake’s remaining habitats. Without swift intervention, there is a risk of losing this essential and unique component of Illinois’ biodiversity forever.

Sign the petition below to demand immediate attention to the critical habitat restoration needed for the eastern massasauga rattlesnake’s survival in Illinois.


Dear Director Finnie,

I write to express deep concern for the precarious state of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake in the state. This species, once a resilient part of Illinois’ natural heritage, is now teetering on the brink of local extinction due to extensive habitat loss and fragmentation.

This is not just about preserving a single species; it’s about safeguarding the delicate balance of the ecosystems. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake plays a vital role in controlling rodent populations, which in turn affects the health of the native plants and animals.

We implore you to prioritize and allocate funding for habitat restoration efforts immediately. This should include initiatives to mitigate habitat fragmentation, protect critical breeding and hibernation sites, and promote public awareness and education about the importance of coexisting with these unique reptiles.

Time is of the essence, and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake cannot afford further delays. Your action today can make the difference between the survival and extinction of this invaluable species in Illinois.


[Your Name Here]

Phot credit: Todd Pierson


  1. Every living thing, even snakes, deserve their own habitat. This has been the case for this snake for years upon years but now developers are pushing for more sprawl and this snake will go extinct. I wish humans and business would consider other creatures prior to bulldozing for profit.

  2. Massasauga Rattlers are an endangered and protected species in the province of Ontario, Canada. There is a protected area very close to my home. Anyone who harms, kills or captures a Massasauga Rattler will be fined $150,000 and/or 6 months in jail. The snakes’ main enemies are humans and urban sprawl. Massasauga Rattlers are non-aggressive and slow moving. They are shy and “rattle” to indicate that you are too close and intruding on their “safe” space and then they will move away slowly.

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