Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Volusia county, Florida (01 January 2023).
It seems appropriate that my first snake for 2023 was a Dusky pigmy rattlesnake encountered a few short miles from my home during a New Year’s Day hike. This species is —hands down— the most abundantly observed species for me in my neck of the woods. This individual had some strange scaling around the mouth and lower back. I’m not sure if it was a result of disease or damage accrued from our recent cold snap. It was really cold here last week (a bit below freezing two nights in a row). Something to keep an eye out for in the new year.