Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
The largest rattler, the eastern diamondback is the most dangerous snake in North America. Its potent venom attacks the blood cells of its victims. Its striking diamond patterned skin provides camouflage as it lies coiled in vegetation, watching for prey such as rabbits and birds which it then ambushes.
The female diamondback bears litters of between 8 and 12 live young - each of which measures between 11.75 to 14.25 in (30 and 36 cm) — in late summer. The female defends the young snakes aggressively.
Range: E. USA: North Carolina to Florida Keys, west to Louisiana
Habitat: Woodland, farmland.
Size: 35.75 in - 7.75 ft (91 cm - 2.4 m).