Sistrurus miliarius barbouri

© Robert G. Stalnaker

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri

Uploaded: April 15, 2008


I met the nicest couple today walking the trails. After chatting a while, they warned me to watch out for an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake they encountered. Thankfully, I didn't see it. BUT, THEY DIDN'T WARN ME ABOUT THE PYGMY RATTLER I darn near stepped on. These guys are problems because they are hard to see and their rattles are small and hard to hear. For somebody like me watching the sky for that next bird-in-flight photo and not looking down, they can be more of a problem. Of the six poisonous snakes in Florida, this pit-viper presents the least risk for fatalities, but is known to be aggressive.

f/6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, AWB, evaluative, +1/3, lens Canon EF 400mm L, handheld, Wekiwa Springs State Park, FL, 4/15/08.

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.33, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Michelle Alton April 16, 2008

Great capture and story, Robert. Glad you didn't step on him!
Michelle #901844

Linda A. Braddock level-classic April 16, 2008

Robert, So glad the snake didn't bite you. Nice Photo. Linda #5796897

Robert G. Stalnaker April 16, 2008

Hi Michelle and Linda. The neat thing in photos is you see more than you do live since you can inspect without fear. You would never notice the blue color on the sides of the body and head in person. Getting the tongue in this photo was a bonus--didn't even know I had that until I got home. It might look big and colorful here, but under leaves and stuff, nearly impossible to see. Most people have walked by them on trails and never even knew it. #5798249

Kristy A. Keene April 20, 2008

Great Capture!!! #5813548

Derek D. Dafoe April 30, 2008

Nice shot Robert!! Great clarity and color!! #5862893

Randy L. Quast June 07, 2008

Very nice it looks as if you got too close huh but it is a very nice photo. #6029906

Michael Lynch September 09, 2008

Excellent shot and story to go with it. I like your work ! #6431676

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