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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake - Crotalus adamanteus

This species has the reputation of being the most dangerous venomous snake in North America. While not usually aggressive, they are large and powerful. Studies mention a mortality rate of 30% and that some victims have died within a matter of hours. In proportion to its length, it has the longest fangs of any rattlesnake species, with calculations leading us to expect that an 8-foot specimen would have fangs with a total length of over one inch.

 

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Uploaded on December 2, 2008