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Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius barbouri)
These vividly marked minuscule predators are one of the smallest species of rattlesnakes. Adults grow to an average size of 35cm – 75cm. They possess a strong venom that they use to effectively ambush and immobilize their prey.
As with other pitviper species, the Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake is ovoviviparous meaning that their young are born alive but without placental attachment. Females give birth to live young after developing and retaining the eggs inside their bodies. In the wild these rattlesnakes feed on small frogs and lizards but in captivity they thrive on a diet of pinky or fuzzy mice. Their size and pulchritude makes this is one of the most manageable and appealing species of rattlesnakes.