Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
|Geographical Range||Southeastern United States and the Florida Keys|
|Habitat||Woodlands; abandoned agricultural and logging areas|
|Scientific Name||Crotalus adamanteus|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
This impressive, heavy-bodied snake may exceed eight feet in length, making it the largest of the rattlesnakes. It makes its home in the burrows of armadillos or gopher tortoises.
Destruction of its habitat threatens this species, especially in Florida. Another growing threat in the Southeast are rattlesnake "round-ups." Zoos and other conservation groups have long been critical of these events, and support their regulation or prohibition.
Did You Know?
This snake is venomous.