The pigmy rattlesnake is a small venom nous snake that dwells in everglade’s prairies, palmetto-pine flat woods, sand hills, mixed pine-hardwood forest, borders of cypress ponds, and vicinity of lakes and marshes. Although it’s one of the smallest snakes, it’s fully equipped and can harm greatly once it’s given the chance to bite. It’s sometimes also confused with other species. It is quite reclusive and would rather stay away from humans unless really provoked.
Its appearance is characterized by brown to black blotches, which are present on the midline of the back; it also has 1-3 rows of spots on sides. Occasionally, it also has a narrow reddish black stripe visible.
In some parts it is also called ground rattler. It makes a distinct buzzing sound, which can only be heard from within a few feet. It can be seen in the summer, sunning itself on the road in the day. It preys on lizards, small snakes, mice and insects. Its longevity can exceed up to 15 years.