Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

Although adults average between 12 and 24 inches long, dusky pygmy rattlesnakes are formidable hunters, and their venom can pack a punch. These small snakes are most often found in pine flatwoods and prairies, and frequently near small ponds and lakes where they hunt their prey.

Like all rattlesnakes, dusky pygmy rattlesnakes can be dangerous to humans, but they also make our lives better. Medical researchers are now looking to use compounds found in pygmy rattlesnake venom as blood thinners for people heart disease, leading to better medical outcomes.