Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The eastern diamondback rarely strikes at humans unless heavily provoked. It uses its rattle to warn the potential threat to stay away and will attempt to back away rather than face the danger.

You cannot determine the age of a rattlesnake by counting the rattle segments. A new segment forms each time the snake sheds its skin, but segments can also break off.

North America

At A Glance


Palmetto flatwoods and dry pinelands


Rats, mice, squirrels, rabbits


Southeastern U.S.