I have no idea whether these pictures are genuine or not, but they purport to be of an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake caught recently in Florida. I had no idea that they could grow this big, because the only species that I have ever encountered in the wild is the Eastern Missasagua rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus), which grows no longer than 30ins. However, according to Wikipedia (and I know that in some quarters it is thought that relying on Wikipedia for accurate information is about as useful as relying on me for weight loss tips), yer Eastern diamondback can grow to eight feet in length.
The pics were sent to me by a lady called Paula, along with the following information:
Guess what was found just south of Jacksonville. Near the St. Augustine outlet, in a new KB homes subdivision.
- 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake. Largest ever caught on record.
- After seeing this, I did a little research, and learned the following:
- One bite from a snake this large contains enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
- The head alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man.
- This snake was probably alive when George H. W. Bush was President.
- A bite from those fangs would equal being penetrated by two 1/4 inch screwdrivers.
- A snake this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child.
- A snake this size has an approximately 5 and 1/2 foot accurate striking distance. (The distance for an average size Rattlesnake is about 2 feet)
- Judging by the size of the snake, it is estimated to weigh over 170 pounds. How much do you weigh?