Wyoming’s Deadliest Snake: The Midget Faded Rattlesnake
While Prairie Rattlesnakes cover most of the Eastern Wyoming's lower elevations and are often found in rock outcrops, the Cowboy State's most venomous snake inhabits an isolated area around the Flaming Gorge near the Green River Basin.
Chances are, you will never encounter a Midget Faded Rattlesnake. And if you do, you might not even notice.
The Midget Faded Rattlesnake is a master of camouflage, ranging in color from yellow and brown to red. By the time they become adults, they blend in perfectly to the rocky terrain in Southwestern Wyoming and often go undetected.
Although the Midget Faded Rattlers are smaller in statue than Prairie Rattlesnake, they possess one of the deadliest bites in the United States. Their venom contains a powerful neurotoxin believed to be many times more potent than cobras, rattlesnakes and most other vipers.
Sadly, there aren't many Midget Faded Rattlesnakes left. They are now confined to a small area in Wyoming and Utah and are in danger of being driven out completely.