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Sistrurus miliarius barbouri
Very small rattlesnake, roughly 21 inches. It has small dark hexagonal-type shapes along the back side, separated by shades of brown and light tan. The tail tapers down to the rattle and reduces in diameter sharply for the remaining inch or so. The sides are alternating rows of dark spots on light grey skin.
Spotted near the Gulf of Mexico on St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) at the end of the Lighthouse levee trail. It was sunning on the edge of the trail and slithered off under trees and brush after I took the pictures. It moved quite slowly, lethargic.
This is my first Rattlesnake. A naturalist, with his family spotted it and asked if I'd like to see a Pygmy Rattlesnake.
Spotted on Oct 14, 2017
Submitted on Oct 15, 2017