Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake - Crotalus adamanteus

Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.

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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  The eastern Florida Parishes.

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Global Conservation Status:  Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G4 (Apparently Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes have a ranking of S1 (critically imperiled because of extreme rarity – 5 or fewer known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: I have never observed this species alive in the wild, but did find an older dead on road specimen in the panhandle of Florida. There have been less than 10 confirmed individuals of this species ever in Louisiana.

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