Ok you have to throw us a ‘natural history’ bone here 😉
What continent or region is it native to?
What is the scale of the photo (the moss may help but not sure)?
Is this an adult specimen?
Are those pits in front of its eyes?
It is exclusive to the US
the entire photo is about 10″ across
Yes, it’s an adult
If I told you that, it would significantly narrow down the possibilities, now wouldn’t it?
Then I would have to hazard a guess from the size, scale texture, pupil shape, pit (looks like one to ole Pliny) and markings that this is one of the pygmy rattlesnake varieties
Well, common names are not what I’m looking for…
DoH! So it sounds like I’m on the right track!
Sistrurus miliarius perhaps?
Sistrurus miliarius barbouri
Do I at least get partial credit?
Full credit, of course. It’s a bit much to ask for subspecies when regarding most snakes; although I must say, the Sistrurus species and subspecies are pretty easy to distinguish. I’ll have to talk about that, I suppose.
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