Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus) can get up to eight feet long, and are often found cruising around upland habitats, hunting for rodents.

Although people are often frightened of rattlesnakes, these majestic animals serve many important functions. Not only do they help control rodent populations, scientists recently discovered that a protein found in Eastern diamondback rattlesnake venom may help protect wounds from infection and encourage healing. This raises the possibility of new medicines designed from rattlesnake venom!

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