Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

Largest of the 32 currently recognized rattlesnake species native to the US


The length of their gray or yellowish backs is covered in a succession of diamond patterns on these extremely heavy-bodied reptiles. When hunting, these snakes coil tightly. While waiting for prey to approach within striking distance, they can stay still for up to a week. This species typically lives in pine forests, dry sandy areas, and coastal dune habitats.

Hemotoxin, a toxin found in their venom, damages tissue and kills red blood cells. The eastern diamondback is not in danger of extinction, but hunting, widespread habitat degradation, and indiscriminate killing all contribute to a decline in the species’ population across its range.


Population est.
United States

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No