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Rare Species

Oakland County Parks are home to several rare species.

Bog Bluegrass: A small slender grass that grows in hardwood swamps. 

Purple Twayblade Orchid: A small purple orchid that grows in woodlands.

The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake: The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is Michigan’s only venomous snake. Habitat destruction and persecution by humans have led to a decline of Massasauga throughout its range. Massasauga are considered a Species of Special Concern in Michigan and are protected from harm by an order of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Shy by nature, Massasaugas generally avoid human contact and will retreat if given the opportunity. Massasauga habitat exists in many Oakland County Parks.

Click for information to keep dogs safe from The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

Snake Observation Form
If you have a Massasauga observation please use this form to report it. If you have more than one location to report, please complete a separate form for each site.
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