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Rattlesnake Western Pygmy

Rattlesnake Western Pygmy
Species Name:
Rattlesnake Western Pygmy
Venomous

Common Name:
Rattlesnake Western Pygmy

Species Name:
Rattlesnake Western Pygmy

Venomous

KSNPC status is: Threatened

Appearance:

Adults range up to 2' in length. Only rattlesnake in KY with dark round of oval blotches. Base color varies from reddish to brown or gray. Pointed tail with TINY rattle, sometimes barely visible.

Notes:

Only known from Land Between the Lakes. Eats mice, lizards, frogs, and snakes. Found in a variety of habitats, often near water. Rattle sounds like an insect buzz.

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