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Eastern Diamond-Backed Rattlesnake

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus, still occurs statewide throughout its historical range, including parts of the Florida Keys, but populations have been extirpated from some urban areas, particularly in the southeastern peninsula.  Diamondbacks are often found in open-canopied pine forests that frequently burn, but they can be found in a variety of habitats and are good swimmers, which helps them colonize islands. Primary threats are habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation plus road mortality and human persecution.