Crotalus adamanteus, 08 May 2013

Crotalus adamanteus, the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (08 May 2013).

When I was a kid, it wasn’t uncommon to come across Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes in Volusia County, Florida. Sometimes you’d see them coiled up; other times you’d just hear them somewhere nearby, warning you to stay away from their hiding spot. Nowadays, however, Eastern diamondbacks aren’t all that common in my neck of the woods. The perpetual fear and violence of people has seen to that. Though venomous (and at times very large), Eastern diamondbacks are not aggressive snakes. They’re quite shy and reclusive. The individual featured here was a young diamondback in the process of being re-located from a Valdosta business property to more a remote, protected area.

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