If you have ophidiophobia, which is a phobia of snakes, you might want to avoid this property northeast of Cassopolis.
Only one venomous species of snake is known to inhabit Michiana. It’s the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, and a local property owner is known to have one of the largest concentrations of the creature.
The Edward Lowe Foundation is on a quest to protect the rattlesnake, which is considered endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The South Bend Tribune reports that, on the 2,000 acre property on the 58000 of Decatur Road, there have been over 800 rattlesnakes documented on the property.
It’s part of a seven-year research project where the snakes are captured, tested, and then microchipped and released into the wild.