Canebrake Rattlesnake pictures (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus).
The pit viper in these pictures is the largest venomous snake in Louisiana and much of the Southern US. The Canbrake Rattlesnake is usually found in hardwood forests and canefields (hence its name) where it hunts for squirrels, rabbits, rats, and birds.
This is a live-bearing snake, meaning they give birth to live young rather than laying eggs. in the winter, they congregate in dens to hibernate, sometimes with copperheads and other species of snakes. They usually return to the same den the following year.
The Canebrake Rattlesnake in these photos can grow up to 6.5 feet long.