Sistrurus miliarius barbouri
  • Average size:  12-24 inches; Record 31 inches.  Young are 6-7 inches at
  • Range:  Throughout Florida.
  • Diet:  Mice, frogs, lizards and snakes.
  • Status:  Common, found in lowland pinewoods, prairies, around lakes
    and ponds, and near freshwater marshes and cypress swamps.  I have
    encountered the Pygmy Rattlesnake while out with my son on a photo
    shoot more than any other snake except maybe the Black Racer.
  • This snake has a bad case of Napoleon syndrome, it's very aggressive
    and will hold its ground.  Its bite is not usually life threatening,
    however it can be very painful and tissue loss is common.  A bite victim
    should seek immediate care at a hospital or doctor with snake bite
    treatment experience.

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake
Florida Backyard Snakes
Pygmy Rattlesnakes don't make the same classic rattling
noise, as other Rattlesnakes do
, they make a buzz sound
sometimes not audible depending on the
size of the snake.