NC Snake Pictures / Pigmy Rattlesnake
Sistrurus miliariusVenomous; 15-26 inches (380 to 660 mm); found in southeastern NC
Distribution key: blue=where snake is found
Pigmy rattlers are small, fat snakes that prefer pine flatwoods, wiregrass fields, and open woodlands near marshes. Their tiny rattle makes a faint buzzing noise that is hard to hear more than a few feet away from the snake. Seldom seen except when basking or crossing the road, they may be found underneath logs, stones and other surface debris. The Pigmy feeds on frogs, lizards, small snakes, and mice. Adult female Pigmy rattlers give birth to between 3 and 12 live young in August or September.