The eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) is the heaviest venomous snake in North America

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The eastern diamondback’s most recognizable feature is its namesake rattle, which it uses to warn potential predators that it’s capable of delivering a painful bite.

The Eastern diamondback rattlesnake is a carnivore that eats small mammals, such as rabbits, raccoons, rats, birds, turtles, and fish.  

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus, is a large venomous pitviper species found in the southeastern United States.

It is one of three rattlesnakes found in Florida. As its name suggests, it has diamonds on its back that are black with red centers.

Although it is slightly smaller than its western counterpart (with an average length of 4-5 feet) it makes up for that by being more aggressive toward humans.

The snake sometimes hunts for food during daylight hours. In winter months when prey is scarce or it is cold outside

This species can live almost anywhere that offers a combination of low temperatures, loose soil for burrowing, and adequate prey.

It also does not do well on high mountain ridges because it cannot tolerate low oxygen levels caused by thin air at high altitudes.