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
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.
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.