In addition to their rattle, pigmy rattlesnakes have a dark, spotted pattern on gray, pinkish or red skin. Their rattle sounds more like a buzz than a rattle. Pigmy rattlesnakes are more likely to be found in the southeastern part of the state.

Typical adult length: 1-2 feet

Habitat: forests

Defenses used: camouflaging, rattling its tail (sometimes)

Bite severity: Bites from rattlesnakes are usually more severe than other NC venomous snakes and are a medical emergency.

Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for snakebite treatment advice or for questions about the venomous snakes in our area.