Bob Stanley, of McRae, was mowing fire lanes on his Telfair County hunting property near the town of Workmore when he killed a 5-foot eastern diamondback rattlesnake.
“When he killed it, he took it to the barn and hung it up,” wrote Elleen, Bob’s wife, in an e-mail to GON. “The next morning he went out there, and the snake’s stomach had dropped down. Two snakes had already fallen out on the ground and were dead — thank you, Lord. He opened up the snake, and she had a total of 20 little ones ranging from 13- to 14- inches long with one button each. The mama snake only had six rattles.”
Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes give live birth to young in mid-August to September and will have a litter of eight to 29 snakes. Young diamondbacks will average 12 to 15 inches long when born and are capable of delivering a nasty bite. Adult females generally reproduce every two or three years.
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