Western Pygmy Rattlesnake

Sistrurus miliarius streckeri
Family: 
Viperidae (vipers and pit vipers) in the order Squamata (lizards and snakes)
Description: 

This is one of the smallest species of rattlesnakes in North America. General color is light grayish-brown, with a row of small, dark brown spots on the back and similar spots on each side. Most specimens also have a rust-colored stripe down the back. The belly is usually gray. The pygmy rattlesnake has a thin tail and a tiny rattle. The sound of the vibrating rattle is a faint buzz like the sound of a grasshopper.

Size: 
Length averages from 15 to 20 inches (38-51 cm).
Habitat and conservation: 
This species lives under rocks on cedar glades and is so secretive that few people encounter it. Some people know it as the "ground rattler."
Foods: 
Food includes small lizards, snakes, frogs and mice.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Counties bordering Arkansas and the eastern Missouri Ozarks.
Human connections: 
Although the bite of this species is not fatal, a bite victim should seek immediate medical attention. The pygmy rattlesnake should be respected and left alone.
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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/6628