Crotalus adamanteus (VENOMOUS)
Our neighborhood is also home to the largest species of rattlesnake currently described by science. The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is a large, heavy-bodied snake that can easily reach six feet in length with record holding animals closer to eight feet. The snake is overall tan or brown with the characteristic diamond pattern along the back. Found throughout the state of Florida, it generally is not found in wetland habitats, but can swim and has been observed crossing from coastal dunes on the mainland to barrier islands. Because of their size and dangerous venom, should you encounter of these, respect it from a distance because bites left untreated can be lethal.