Massive Diamondback Rattlesnakes Hidden in the Grass with NKFHerping and my724outdoors.com!

Massive Diamondback Rattlesnakes Hidden in the Grass with NKFHerping and my724outdoors.com!

An unbelievable day of hiking uplands in search of the king of the Rattlesnakes!

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)[3][4] is a species of pit viper in the family Viperidae. The species is endemic to the Southeastern United States. It is one of the heaviest venomous snakes in the Americas and the largest rattlesnake. No subspecies are recognized.[5]

Massive Diamondback Rattlesnakes Hidden in the Grass with NKFHerping and my724outdoors.com!
By Tad Arensmeier from St. Louis, MO, USA – Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3596021

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest rattlesnake species and is one of the heaviest known species of venomous snake, with one specimen shot in 1946 measuring 2.4 m (7.8 ft) in length and weighing 15.4 kg (34 lb). However, other venomous snakes may rival this species in weight such as the much longer but more slender king cobra and the shorter but even bulkier Gaboon viper.[6][7][8] Maximum reported lengths for the eastern diamondback rattlesnake are 2.4 m (8 ft)[9] and 2.5 m (8.25 ft).[10][11] However, the stated maximum sizes have been called into question due to a lack of voucher specimens.[12][13] Males are typically larger than females, which is rare among snakes (females are usually larger than males).

Specimens over 2.1 m (7 ft) are rare, but well documented. Klauber (1998) included a letter he received from E. Ross Allen in 1953, in which Allen explains how for years he offered a reward of $100, and later $200, for an 2.4 m (8 ft) specimen, dead or alive. The reward was never claimed. He did receive a number of 2.1 m (7 ft) range specimens and some 2.4 m (8 ft) skins, but said such skins can be taken from specimens as short as 1.8 m (6 ft).[3] A 2.2 m (7.3 ft) specimen was caught and killed outside a neighborhood in St. Augustine, Florida in September 2009.[14]

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