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.