Crotalus horridus atricaudatus
Average size: 36-60 inches; Record 74.5 inches. Young are 11-16 inches at birth.
Range: Found in only 8 or 9 counties in north Florida. From Alachua and Dixie County west to Hamilton County and Suwannee County.
Diet: Mainly rodents and birds.
Status: Still common in some parts. Numbers have been declining mainly because of habitat reduction and senseless killing.
This rattlesnake should be given a healthy respect and left alone. The color pattern makes this snake very hard to see.