Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Crotalus adamanteus


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Viperidae

Range

Southeastern United States


Habitat

Palmetto flatwoods and dry pinelands


Diet

Rabbits, squirrels and other rodents, and birds

Length

3 - 8 ft.

Young

7 - 21

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Venomous
  • Due to the amount and complexity of their venom, and the size of their fangs (up to one inch), the bite of this snake is considered very dangerous. Venom is highly destructive to blood tissue.
  • It is the largest venomous snake in North America.
  • Can accurately strike up to one-third its body length.
  • It makes its home in the burrows of armadillos or gopher tortoises.
  • They are ambush predators.
  • Young born July to early October.

 

Conservation

Numbers are decreasing due to habitat loss, indiscriminate killing, and road mortality.

Least Concern
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