Florida rattlesnakes

This snake is dangerous and venomous and should be left on its own. Adult Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes usually reaches a length of anything from 30 to 70 inches. Some up to almost a hundred inches.

Eastern Diamondbacks has a brownish ground color and different colored tail; usually more grayish. Rattlesnakes are known for their rattle at the end of their tails. The tail of new born rattlesnakes ends in a button which is actually the first segment of a future rattle.

Other rattlesnakes are described below.


Diamondbacks are found all over Florida, They are even found in the Keys. They are extremely fast so watch out. At the end of this video the camera man is almost hit by the snake. Let it be a warning.

Life Cycle

The litter size of Rattlesnakes is 8-12 hatchlings. Rattlesnakes give live birth to their offspring. In reality the egg is broken inside the female some time before the birth. Rattlesnakes looks after their offspring for a week or two after their birth.

During the winter they hibernate in dens or snake dens. It's groups of snakes hibernating at the same spot in the same crevice. They get out of hibernation from the end of April to the mid of May.


An ideal habitat for rattlesnakes involves a lot of rodents nearby, warm temperatures and no disturbances. Rattlesnake prefers to hunt and mate on relatively small areas so everything needed must be within a mile or so.

Timber Rattlesnake

The average size of the Timber Rattlesnake is from 3 to 4.5 feet. Its coloration is consists of two base colors: black and yellow with dark crossbands. Like other rattlesnakes it has a sensory organ used to detect its prey.

They are active from April to October and every 3 or 5 year females give birth to 4-14 young rattlesnakes in the period from late August to September. It's almost a live birth since young rattlesnakes emerge in membrane that is broken in a few minutes. They shed their skin once every second year.

Every time they change skin another rattle is added to their tail. Timber Rattlesnakes are only found in Northern Florida

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

This is the most often encountered rattlesnake in FL. A more detailed description of this snake is on its way.

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