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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Viperidae
Genus:Crotalus
Genus species:Crotalus adamanteus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:91-240 cm
Weight:up to 10 kg
Identification:The Eastern diamondback rattlesnake has a diamond pattern along its back, making this animal easy to identify.
Habitat:Woodlands, farmlands
Diet:Carnivore: small mammals, birds
Reproduction:Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are livebearers, giving birth to 8-12 young in the late summer. The female will then aggressively defend her young.
Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are primarily solitary animals; however, during the mating season, there is a male social dominance system.
Behavior:The Eastern diamondback rattlesnake is most active in the evening or early morning, usually staying at the ground level.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the largest rattler species and the most dangerous snake in North America. Its venom attacks the victim's blood cells.

Other Information

Geographic:Southeastern North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:reptile
snake
Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
herptile
Crotalus
Rattlesnakes
Pit vipers
Viperidae
Snakes
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata