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Rattlesnake Habitat
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes inhabit low elevation sandy areas, long-leaf pine forests, pine flatwoods, sand hill communities, turkey oak forests, live oak hammocks, pine ridges or coastal areas. Favorite haunts include saw palmetto scrub, Gopher Tortoise burrows, and stump holes.

Eastern Diamondbacks are often found on Georgia's barrier islands, the Florida Keys, and Islands in the Gulf of Mexico. They have been seen swimming miles offshore between islands. Eastern Diamondbacks can often be found on agricultural land.

Farms provide a steady food supply in the form of rodents. Tin, plywood, and other debris provide shelter to the snakes. The snakes may spend the first three years of their life underground in stump holes and root systems.





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#1 | W. H. Martin on October 11 2005 03:14:27
While I am aware that some people believe the young spend a lot of time underground, I have never believed they are undergrond except for overwintering. I will bet that when somebody gets around to radio-tracking juveniles they will find they are ambush predators on the surface during the active season just as are the adults. Only the gravid females spend much time in burrows. whmartin@crotalus.org
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