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.

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