Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Average size:  36-72 inches; Record 96 inches.  Young are 12-14 
inches at birth.

Range:  Throughout Florida including the Keys.

Diet:  Mainly rodents and birds.

Status:  Their population is declining because of habitat reduction and road mortality along with the indiscriminate killing and commercial hunting for their skins.

This is a large and potentially dangerous rattlesnake that can strike up to 2/3 of its body length.  If you encounter one, stay a healthy distance from it and move on.


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