Central Plateau Pygmy Rattlesnake
Federal and State Protections
Mexico: Threatened (Amenzada)
Countries of Occurrence
31cm (12in) - 66cm (26in)
States or Providence
Morelos, Puebla, Veracruz
This species can be found in the Central Plateau region of Mexico. Named for its small size, adults usually reach about 26 inches long on average. They inhabit pine-oak forests, montane fir forests, grasslands and xeric scrub slopes.
The Central Plateau pygmy rattlesnake is a generalist predator which feeds on small mammals, lizards, insects, and other snakes.
In 2018, the subspecies under C. ravus were all elevated to species status due to newfound phylogenetic evidence. Prior to 2009, this species had been listed under the genus Sistrurus, with the pygmy rattlesnake and massasaugas, but genetic evidence found that it was closer related to other montane rattlesnakes of Crotalus than to the other pygmies of Sistrurus.
The venom of this species has been shown to have antibacterial effects against bacteria that can cause pneumonia and other infections, especially in hospitals!