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Pygmy Rattlesnake

Pygmy Rattlesnake
Pygmy Rattlesnake
Sistrurus miliarius is a venomous pit viper species found in the southeastern United States.  They are very rarely seen.  Often called ground rattlesnake, pigmy rattlesnake, pygmy rattlers, leaf rattler, death rattler, or eastern pigmy rattlesnake these shy creatures generally stay hidden on the forest floor. 

They are a small species with adults usually growing to 40-60 cm (16-24 in).  They are often confused with juvenile Black Racers which are completely harmless (see below).  When young the patterning can appear quite similar.  Note that the pigmy rattlesnake sports red spots between its brown spots and is a grayish color overall while the juvenile Black Racer is also grayish it does not have the orange spots.
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