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The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Page

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus adamanteus

North America's Largest Venomous Snake


The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is a venomous snake that is fast disappearing from our landscape. This majestic and beautiful animal has become the victim of habitat destruction, roadkills, and indiscriminate assasination by unenlightened individuals.


 

Many fear the dreaded Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake To many, the only good snake is a dead snake. It is true that the diamondback is a venomous snake that can give a deadly bite. It delivers enough venom in one bite to kill six adult humans, but a snake will only bite for two reasons: fear and food


 

What many do not realize is that venomous snakes would much rather avoid people altogether. The rattlesnake's venom is much better used in acquiring food and defending itself from natural predators.


 

This site is dedicated to educating the public about venomous snake safety, how to avoid a bite when encountering a rattler, venomous snakebite first aid and to the conservation of these oft feared and misunderstood animals. To paraphrase a wise friend, this site is here to 'keep you safe from venomous snakes and to keep venomous snakes safe from you!'







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update
I added a great video of an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake encounter. I wish everyone were this conservation oriented. If you have flash installed you can see the video here... Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Video Just click on the arrow in the center of the player
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We will be doing the Gen. Coffee Gopher Tortoise Survey in April. Click HERE to find out about the survey.'
Guided Tour
Want a guided tour? click on FRED the albino eastern diamondback rattlesnake and let him take you on a tour of the site. As you get to the bottom of each page, click on FRED for the next page in the site tour.
Alabama youth recovering from snakebite
Little did Barrett Gilbert, 16, know that a week before beginning his junior year at Clements High School he would experience such a horrific event... Click "Read More" for details...
Snake-Loving Kid Hospitalized For Snake Bite
A boy from Aurora said he was thankful he survived a
potentialy deadly close encounter with a rattlesnake this week.
Click "Read More" for details....
Bonita man might be first coral snake victim in 40 years
When the coral snake slithered among them a couple hours before dusk Saturday, the men had been sitting around drinking long-neck bottles of Budweiser in a wide and littered clearing they had made for themselves in the saw palmettos. Click "Read More" for details...
Relieving the pain of arthritis with snake venom
As the world looks to nature to find cures for some of the world's most debilitating diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and strokes, an Israeli company - Shulov Institute for Sciences Ltd (SIS) - has unlocked the chemicals found in deadly viper venom to help treat arthritis. Click "Read More" for details...
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