Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

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Other common names: Eastern Diamondback

Scientific name: Crotalus adamanteus

The basics:
Largest of the world’s rattlesnakes, the Eastern Diamondback and sports a “take-no-nonsense” attitude. It has long awed snake aficionados, some of whom have felt compelled to collect and keep this increasingly rare creature. However, along with that size and attitude comes a deadly potential – please limit your Diamondback contact to zoos only!

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is found along the lower coastal plain of the southeastern USA, in portions of the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida.

It dwells in longleaf pine habitats, palmetto prairies, open pine-oak forest, abandoned farms, and citrus groves, and often shelters in gopher and tortoise burrows.

Appearance / health:
This heavy-bodied snake is olive or brown to nearly black in color. The dorsal surface is patterned with white-centered dark diamonds. The Eastern Diamondback reaches 1 - 1.8 meters (3 - 6 Ft) in length, with a record of just over 2.4 meters (8 Ft).

Zoo specimens are generally hardy and have approached 25 years of age.

Behavior / temperament:
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes remain high strung and difficult to work with despite years in captivity.

It is impossible for a private snake owner to adequately prepare for or treat a venomous snakebite, or, prior to a bite, to arrange for treatment in a hospital.

The natural diet includes pocket gophers, cotton rats, deer mice, opossums, and other mammals, and birds. Zoo specimens fare well on a diet of rats and mice.

Females generally give birth every 2-3 years. The young, 7-29 in number, are born alive in July-October, and measure 30.4 – 38 cm (12-15 in) at birth.

Written by Frank Indiviglio


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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

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