Eastern Diamond-back Rattlesnake
Grayish brown patterned with light-centered dark diamonds bordered by a row of yellow or cream-colored scales.
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Avg 5 1/2 feet
Birds, rabbits, and squirrels. This snake has fangs that are long, hinged and folded back against the roof of its mouth when the mouth is closed. When the snake strikes, the mouth opens and the fangs are erected. The venom travels down from the gland through a duct into a small canal running the length of the fang. This hollow curved tooth has an opening at the tip, similar to a hypodermic needle, through which the venom is injected.
Eight to 12 venomous young are born in September. The young are on their own as there is no parental care.
Relationship with Humans
Rattlesnakes are the largest venomous snakes in North America and their venom poses a serious mortality threat.