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The largest rattlesnake in the world and largest venomous snake in North America, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake seeks shelter in mammal and gopher tortoise burrows and uprooted trees. It plays an important role as a top predator in the food chain.

rattlesnake with tongue out

Did You Know?

A rattlesnake's rattle is made of keratin, the same protein that forms human hair and fingernails.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Crotalus adamanteus

Southeastern United States

Woodland grassland, wetland, and scrubland

Up to 8 ft

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

small mammals and birds