Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Volusia county, Florida (01 January 2023).
Unsurprisingly, my second snake for 2023 was another Dusky pigmy rattlesnake. It’s a good thing I consider this to be my favorite species these days because I see them far more often than any other species in my home territory. This individual was a very small juvenile. I was hoping to find a juvenile Dusky on this New Year’s Day hike because of our brutal cold snap last week. I’m glad this little one made it through the cold okay.