The Identification of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The Identification of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the world’s largest rattlesnake, but it is not the longest. A bite from a Diamondback is very severe: most victims have a 50-50 chance of losing a limb. Venom effects are: muscle necrosis( rotting of the muscle and flesh ). bleeding from the bite, internal pain, and bleeding from the cavities in the body ( mouth, ears, nose, etc. ). Victims described the initial bite as “two molten hot hypodermic needles being jabbed into them”. Victims die from cardiac failure and the site of the bite is swollen and discolored with rotting flesh.  Because of this most people say that Diamondbacks have a “dirty mouth,” due to the potent cocktail of venom. A Diamondback has 26-36 “saddles” along its body and a dark stripe going diagonally across its face, bordered by two white or cream-colored stripes. Diamondbacks are found in dry sandy places in pine forests and palm frond patches.

 

You can clearly see the dark stripe going across this diamondbacks face bordered by the two cream colored strippes
You can clearly see the dark stripe going across this diamondbacks face bordered by the two cream colored stripes

This image is from www.sccf.org 

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