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Diamond Back

Crotalus adamanteus


The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake in North America. Some reach 8 feet (2.4 meters) in length and weigh up to 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms


These stout-bodied pit vipers generally live in the dry, pine flatwoods, sandy woodlands, and coastal scrub habitats from southern North Carolina to Florida and west to Louisiana. Their pattern of yellow-bordered, light-centered black diamonds makes them among the most strikingly adorned of all North American reptiles. They are natural exterminators, surviving on such household pests as rats and mice, as well as squirrels and birds.


The eastern diamondback is not endangered, but because of indiscriminate killing, widespread loss of habitat, and hunting, its numbers are decreasing throughout its range.

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MichelleMccracken 8 years ago

Thanks, he was pretty cooperative, as I chased him into the woods, lol

gatorfellows 8 years ago

nice photos of this big one :)

MichelleMccracken 8 years ago

Thanks, I was pretty excited when we spotted this beauty

snakes are cool
snakes are cool 8 years ago

Awesome picture

MichelleMccracken 10 years ago

Was ver cool 2 see him. I am a native floridian and hve never got 2 see 1 alive and happy.

Atul 10 years ago

wow this is a big one!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Well we appreciate your help!

MichelleMccracken 10 years ago

no not in my yard at a park, and I have and still do walk in the woods often and never have been lucky enough to spot one, been pretty cool, and your welcome S Frazier, as you can tell by my post scientific name matter not to me, lol, I figure most of us can't pronounce or will remember the scientific name, lol

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks very much!

MichelleMccracken 10 years ago

it was very cool, I was and am still very excited by spotting it, lived here all my life and never have seen one , not alive anyway, which is the preferred by me, I will put in the scientific name

ceherzog 10 years ago

Was that in your yard?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Very cool in my book! Can you help us by filling in the Scientific name for this eastern diamondback rattlesnake? It's Crotalus adamanteus. Many thanks!

JimPowers 10 years ago

Wow, AWESOME shot. Must have been your lucky day!

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Tampa, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2011
Submitted on Sep 27, 2011

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