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A medium sized pit viper... pretty snake with a generally calm disposition, preferring to rattle and warn than to strike. Distinctive scale (hexagonal) patterns and obvious rattle on tail.
forest, scrub in central Ontario, Canada, and extending in a range southwest all the way to the Mexican border.
Hemotoxins injected by bite are just as nasty as other pit vipers, although the volume of venom injected is generally less than with many larger pit vipers.