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08-NOV-2007 Larry Linton



The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is found throughout Florida in almost any habitat. It is most common in palmetto flatwoods, pine woods, fields, and grassy areas. It can be difficult to spot because of its camouflage. This snake is the largest native species and is often considered the most dangerous due to its size (some reach 8 feet in length), speed, quantity of venom, and defensive tactics. Diamondback venom is a potent hemotoxin that destroys red blood cells and causes tissue damage. Bites are extremely painful, and can be fatal to humans. However, antivenin is widely available throughout the snake's range, and bites rarely result in death.

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TuTmin11-Jan-2008 14:42
great shot.keep up the good work.V
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