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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Suddenly a hair-raising rattling came from an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake on the ground a few feet away. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Those that are venomous include the diamondback rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake, pigmy rattlesnake, the copperhead, and cottonmouth or water moccasin. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Venomous snake captured after it bites man, 19," 10 July 2019 Florida beachgoers spotted a rather unusual creature Tuesday emerging from ocean: a possible diamondback rattlesnake. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Rattlesnake emerged from water in Florida, beachgoers say," 27 Sep. 2018 While many beachgoers said the serpent was likely a diamondback rattlesnake, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was unable to formally identify the snake based off photos alone, biologists with the organization told the newspaper. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Rattlesnake emerged from water in Florida, beachgoers say," 27 Sep. 2018 But two weeks ago, a 5-foot eastern diamondback rattlesnake stopped the 37-year-old in his tracks. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "'Huge' rattlesnake's loud warning to Mississippi man goes viral," 30 July 2018 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

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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diamondback rattlesnake

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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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