Crotalus adamanteus
  • Average size:  36-72 inches; Record 96 inches.  Young are 12-14
    inches at birth.
  • Range:  Throughout Florida including the Keys.
  • Diet:  Mainly rodents and birds.
  • Status:  Their population is declining because of habitat reduction
    along with the indiscriminate killing and commercial hunting for
    their skins.
  • This is a large and dangerous rattlesnake that can strike up to 2/3
    of its body length.  If you encounter one, stay a healthy distance
    from it.

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Florida Backyard Snakes
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes
are sometimes
seen swimming in
saltwater
to the Florida Keys and
barrier islands.    
Diamondback heading to the shelter of a Gopher Tortoise burrow.