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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus adamanteus

Range

  • Southeast United States

Habitat

  • Prairies, swamps, and woodlands

Diet

  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Birds
  • Lizards

Reaching record lengths of nearly 8 ft and a weight of 26 lbs, this is the world’s largest rattlesnake species.

It is often found near gopher tortoise burrows where it shelters during extreme summer heat and winter cold. All rattlesnakes, including this species, are ovoviviparous or “live-bearing” with young born in a thin, membrane-like sac. They can give birth to up to 21 young at a time.

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