(Palisot de Beauvois, 1799)
English : Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
French : Crotale diamantin de l’est
Class : Reptilia
Order : Squamata
Family : Viperidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach a length of 2.40 m for a weight up to 12 kg. Heavy-bodied snake with large triangular head. Strongly keeled scales. Coloration usually dark brown with yellow diamond-shaped markings on back. Scales are all mottled.
Range and habitat
The species is endemic to United States and found in the eastern parts of the country, from North Carolina to Florida, east to Mississippi. Lives in woodlands, scrublands, wet savannas and grasslands.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species has a large range and remains locally common. However, local declines have been noted because of persecution and habitat loss.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known