The Little Rock Pigmy Rattlesnake is a South-Eastern rattlesnake that predominantly found in the South Eastern region of
the US. It is more prominent in states like Arkansas. It is scientifically referred to as “Sistrurus milirius”,
and can be referred to in many names, these include; Carolina pigmy rattlesnake, and Brick-red rattlesnake. It
is a venomous specie of snake with ability to strike and kill within minutes. This snake is also referred to as
the “Dwarf rattlesnake” because it is generally shorter in length than many other Arkansas species. Tough it is predominantly
found in Southern regions of the US, the snake has also found its way to several other parts of North America, as
well as Asia and Africa.
A adult Little Rock Pigmy rattlesnake can grow between 35cm and 77cm in total length which makes the snake relatively shorter in length than many other species. The Arkansas snake has a dorsal region comprising of several spots that are rounded, while the belly remains whitish with some heavy flecks or mottled with some dark brown or black patches. Typical grown adult will have 23 rows of scales on its dorsal region.
An adult female Arkansas Pigmy rattlesnake will give birth to between 7 and 12 young ones at a time. Unlike many other snakes , the pigmy rattlesnake does not lay eggs, and the neonates may measure up to 173mm in length , at birth.
The average lifecycle of the Little Rock Pigmy rattle snake is between 2 and 15 years. The snake is capable of reproducing at moderate rate but still lower than many other species. Despite producing little offspring, young Pigmy rattlesnake still have higher survival rates than many other species.
The Pigmy rattlesnake is predominantly found in Flatwoods and sandhills. It is also commonly found in flood plains as well as mixed forests. The Arkansas snake is sometimes found near marshes, and can also survive in swamps and forest regions.
The Pigmy rattlesnake consumes diets predominantly of mammals as well as smaller birds, insects, frogs, lizards, and smaller Little Rock snakes. The snake prefers to forage in the warmest parts of the day and rests all through the night. The snake may also go for days without hunting as long as it has enough in its digesting system.
Pigmy rattlesnake is mostly found active in the sun and during warm weather conditions. It is rarely found in the evenings. The tiny Arkansas snakes often make a buzzing sound that can be heard several meters away. While most species of this snake tend to avoid contact with humans, others can strike aggressively and rattles. The Little Rock snake is not capable of digging its own burrows thus it prefers to use holes that has already been dug by rodents.
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