Canebrake Rattlesnake

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.


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