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So Tell Me Where Does A 100 Pound Diamondback Rattlesnake Go…Anywhere He Wants

What would you do if you were casually taking a drive, then suddenly saw a HUGE rattlesnake crossing the road…would you just keep going, or, would you have the courage to stop your car, get out and take some photos?

Well, one couple from Bartow, Florida, out on a bird watching trip did the latter. While driving along, they saw a monster of a diamondback rattlesnake crossing the road, stopped the car and snapped some pics. The monster venomous snake was reportedly to be 6 feet in length and weighed-in at around 100 pounds (I don’t care who you are…that’s one BIG snake).

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There are only four venomous snakes found in the Central Florida area:  the eastern coral snake, the Florida cottonmouth, also known as the water moccasin, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake, and the eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake in the United States.  Average size is five to six feet long.  From a coiled position, it can accurately strike half its body length.  The best defense is to never go near one, even to move it.  All bites from this reptile have been because someone got too close.

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A question that has come-up in the past which has caused serious debate is: “What is the difference between ‘Venomous’ and ‘Poisonous’ ?”

The answer is very simple: Venom is injected like when a snake bites you, or a bee stings you.  Poison is ingested like when you lick your hand after touching a poison dart frog or drink a poisonous substance. So, there is no such thing as a ‘poisonous snake’, snakes are venomous.
I do however want to take this opportunity to clarify one point; the newscaster in the video makes the claim that the snake weighs-in at 100 pounds. And since the animal was never captured, or killed, we will never truly know just how heavy the snake really was.

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