I was raised on a farm West of Maybee, and back in the early 1960s my brother caught one and took it to school in a glass gallon jug. It had 6 to 8 bead like segments on the end of it's tail. The teacher looked it up and said it was an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. He brought it back home and released it in the field. Never seen another one since. We used to catch Garter snakes and Blue Racers all the time on the farm. Blue Racers used to get up to six feet long. You never see any of them around now either. Ever since farmers started using chemical sprays, all the snakes, frogs and Pheasants have disappeared. We had a Fox snake in our yard in Frenchtown Twp. a year ago. The cat was following something in the yard, and when I looked it was a Fox snake. It would coil up like it was going to strike and wiggle it's tail like crazy. It didn't have the beads on it's tail, but shook it like it did. It also gave off this awful odor, probably why the cat wouldn't touch it. The cat didn't know what to think of it.