Sistrurus miliarius barbouri
  • Average size:  12-24 inches; Record 31 inches.  Young are 6-7 inches at
    birth.
  • 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 more than any other snake except
    maybe the Black Racer.
  • 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.

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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 snakes size.