Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Volusia county, Florida (16 March 2016).
Though venomous, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake is an intensely shy and reclusive species. They are most assuredly not aggressive, as some insist on believing. My respect and adoration of this species has grown steadily in the past decade or so. Because they are so common where I live, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake is perhaps my most-commonly encountered species at this point.