Venomous Snakes of
Florida

and Snakebite Treatment
By Greg (Snakeman) Longhurst
Photos By Bill Love


Canebrake
Rattlesnake

Crotalus horridus atricaudatus


 

     The more proper name for the Canebrake Rattlesnake, now, is the Timber Rattlesnake, but I prefer the original name, despite what  scientists have done to prove otherwise.
     This beautiful snake is found in the northernmost portion of Florida, within about 75 miles of the Georgia line, across the entire width of the state.
     This is a large rattlesnake, up to a bit beyond 6 feet, averaging around 4 feet. Ground color is from pale grayish brown to pinkish buff.   The pattern consists of dark brown to black V-shaped cross bands, with a russet stripe down the centerline of the back.  They also have a broad, dark stripe angling back from the eye.  The tail is a velvety black.  Venom toxicity varies greatly not only from species to species, but from populations within the same species as well.  Canebrake rattlesnakes in this state have the potential to have an even more virulent venom than the eastern diamondback's, and should, therefore, be treated with the utmost of caution and respect.
     Their habitat includes lowland areas such as edges of marshes and swamps, where they prey primarily on rodents.