diamondback rattlesnake

noun

Definition of diamondback rattlesnake 

: either of two large and deadly rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus of the southeastern U.S. and C. atrox of the south central and southwestern U.S. and Mexico)

called also diamondback, diamondback rattler

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Rattlesnake roundups are major events out west, where the western diamondback rattlesnake is much more common. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 The snake was reported to be a Western diamondback rattlesnake. National Geographic, "Decapitated Snake Head Nearly Kills Man—Here’s How," 7 June 2018 Hiding among her flowers was a four-foot-long Western diamondback rattlesnake. Allyson Chiu, chicagotribune.com, "A Texas man decapitated a rattlesnake. It bit him anyway and he nearly died, his wife says.," 7 June 2018 Hiding among her flowers was a four-foot-long Western diamondback rattlesnake. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "A Texas man decapitated a rattlesnake. The head bit him anyway and he nearly died.," 7 June 2018 The ad then depicts an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, then cuts to video of Templeton firing a gun. Mark Murray, NBC News, "Senate Majority PAC boosts Manchin in WV-SEN," 11 May 2018 So the team designed a chamber that allowed them to safely film rat snakes striking at a stuffed glove, as well as strikes from two venomous vipers: the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus), and the western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). National Geographic, "Snake Myth Debunked Thanks to New High-Speed Video," 18 Apr. 2016

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diamondback rattlesnake

noun
di·a·mond·back rattlesnake | \ˈdī-(ə-)mən(d)-ˌbak- \

Medical Definition of diamondback rattlesnake 

: either of two large and deadly rattlesnakes of the genus Crotalus (C. adamanteus of the southeastern United States and C. atrox of the south central and southwestern United States and Mexico)

called also diamondback, diamondback rattler

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