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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
EASTERN DIAMONDBACK RATTLESNAKE
Crotalus adamanteus

Range:
Southern North Carolina to Florida and west to Louisiana. The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake in North America. Their pattern of yellow-bordered, light-centered black diamonds makes them among the most strikingly adorned of all North American reptiles. They are capable of accurately striking at up to one-third their body length. Although feared as aggressive, attacks on human beings are rare.
Habitat: They generally live in the dry, pine flatwoods, sandy woodlands, and coastal scrub habitats.
Diet: Rats, mice, squirrels, birds, rabbits.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Length: Around 5.5 ft (1.7 m).

Weight: Around 5 lbs (2.3 kg).

Lifespan: 10 - 20 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: Mating occurs in the spring and fall and females give birth to 12 – 24 young in the late summer. Diamondbacks take several years to reach maturity, and adult females only reproduce every 2-3 years.

 

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