The Identification of the Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

This is the smallest rattlesnake in Florida with adult lengths of around 15-24 inches. The Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake is not a life threatening snake due to its small amount of venom and its low toxicity, but if you get bit it will be very painful with swelling in the bite area. The Pygmy Rattlesnake has a very small rattle that can be heard only from  a few feet away, and because of this they are very commonly stepped on. The Pygmy Rattlesnake is a grey-black snake.  It has black blotches along the spine and on its side. In some cases it may also have an orange stripe along the spine, still including the black blotches. Even though its venom may not be deadly and no deaths have been recorded from this snake, you still wouldn’t want to step on this little rattlesnake.  Dusky Pygmies will be found in sandy pine clearings and by palmetto bushes, and they are also often found lying on dirt roads where they will be soaking up the sun.

An  image of a Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake can be found at

The foregoing is merely my opinion. Feel free to comment or correct me below!