Sgt. Rob Hendrickson is keeping our nightmares to a minimum! This time he captured a diamondback rattlesnake that was hanging out on a playground and successfully

Florida Sheriff Sergeant Relocates Rattlesnake From Playground To Preserve

Eastern diamondbacks are found throughout the southeastern United States. Their range includes eastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, eastern South Carolina, southern North Carolina, and all of Florida.

Their primary habitat is longleaf pine savannas, and they will also use pine flatwoods, wiregrass areas and turkey oak habitats. They are capable of swimming and can be found on most barrier islands around Florida.

But one eastern diamondback rattlesnake found its way onto a playground and a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant, relocated the little guy.

Sgt. Rob Hendrickson is keeping our nightmares to a minimum! This time he captured a diamondback rattlesnake that was hanging out on a playground and successfully
Sgt. Rob Hendrickson relocating an eastern diamondback rattlesnake to Duette Preserve

“Once again, Sgt. Rob Hendrickson is keeping our nightmares to a minimum! This time he captured a diamondback rattlesnake that was hanging out on a playground and successfully relocated the little serpent to the Duette Preserve. Sergeant, your bravery is appreciated,” said Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest rattlesnake species in the United States by length and weight. The average length of an adult is three to six feet, but individuals have been recorded to be more than 7 feet long, and their maximum length can reach 8 feet.

The average weight of this species in Florida is around two to four pounds and some large individuals can weigh more than ten pounds.

Males are typically larger than females. Neonates, or newly born snakes, are approximately 15 inches long when they are born, and their coloration and patterning resemble that of adults.

If you see one of these rattlesnakes, remember to give it space. These snakes should not be handled. If you live in an area where they are present, watch your step while outdoors and keep dogs on short leashes while walking through snake habitat. Be mindful walking around stumps, animal burrows and fallen trees, as rattlesnakes often use these habitat features for protection and foraging.

Report rattlesnake sightings using the FWC Reporter App. If you have questions about snake safety, please contact your FWC Regional Office.

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