The first snake I found at the 40 acre woods was this Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake often listed as the largest and most dangerous of Florida’s native snakes. It also ranks high on the list of poisonous snakes of the world. It is known for its large body size, quantity of venom, aggressive defensive tactics and tremendous striking speed.  I do not like these snakes.

I must credit our attack weenie dog Anna for finding it near where I was working and holding it at bay until I had a chance to assess the situation and remove the danger.  Keep your eyes open when walking in the woods.  I usually find Rattlesnakes near bush and logs that help hide them from their prey, these are also things we step over.   I learned as a kid in the hills of Kentucky to make sure you know where you are stepping before your put you foot down.  I had a few close calls with Copperheads that helped me with this habit.

This snake, like most snakes, was not aggressive and only got coiled up in a defensive position when the dog came near it and started barking.  Stay away from them and they will stay away from you.  A snake will only bite you if you get too close.

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2 Responses to Diamondback

  1. Jim Porter says:

    The picture seems a little blurry, like maybe your were shaking when you took it!

    I think I have some pictures on my phone of some big, black snake around here (Tampa) that might be a little blurry too ;^)

  2. Brian says:

    yes I was shaking pretty bad, thought it was going to get the dog.

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