- 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
- 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
|Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes
are sometimes seen swimming in
saltwater to the Florida Keys and
Diamondback heading to the shelter of a Gopher Tortoise burrow.