Snakes with Diamonds


Adults average 3 to 4 feet.
A gray and brown snake with the diamonds being a darker brown. The tail has broad black and white rings just before the rattle. It is rare for the rattle to be completely broken off. These snakes prefer to avoid places with human activity, but if food or water is scarce, they will forage for food anywhere. They primarily eat rodents and birds found on the ground. The Diamondback is usually not a tree or house climber, but is able to cope with a stack of logs or piled rocks.

The best way to prevent these snakes from coming around is by not having places for rodents to live. Logs and lumber should be kept well off the ground and rocks should be stored spread out rather than piled up. Remove all debris from the yard such as stacks of plywood, roofing tin, old fallen buildings, etc., and keep the yard mowed as far from the house as possible. If the yard is 'privacy' or 'chain link' fenced, a barrier such as hardware cloth or fine mesh screen can be installed to physically bar a snake from crawling under or through the fence.