This 2005 photograph depicted a 'western pygmy' rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliaris streckeri, which ranges throughout most of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, and into eastern Texas and Oklahoma, placing it in hurricane-prone areas, which is of importance to those living in these regions, and first-responders offering aid to those affected by such a disaster. It is the most widely distributed pygmy rattlesnake subspecie (Connant, 1975). The ground color of this subspecie is typically light pink to tan. Unlike the other two subspecies, the dorsal botches of the western pygmy are laterally extended into an irregular pattern of transverse bar-like spots. Although it is a wide ranging animal, the western pygmy rattlesnake is spottily distributed over its range, and is a rather uncommon snake in many areas, most notably in the State of Texas (Price, 1996).
CDC/ Edward J. Wozniak D.V.M., Ph.D.
October 31, 2012
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