PHOTO: Huge rattlesnake spotted in Florida

Photo courtesy Cathy Terry, via WFLA

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) — A large rattlesnake was recently caught on camera in Central Florida.

Cathy Terry sent 8News sister station WFLA the photo she took of the snake from her truck just a few miles south of Bartow, Florida.

She describes the snake as a huge, fat eastern diamondback rattlesnake, and said it slithered across the road right in front of her.

She said the snake was so long it took up about three-quarters of the width of the two-lane road.

Cathy says if she and a companion hadn’t looked out their window before getting out of the truck, they would have stepped right on it.

She also said she’d like the photo to be a reminder for everyone to stay alert for snakes, not only in parks and woods but even in their own backyard.

If you are concerned about a snake that you see that you think may be poisonous here in Richmond, there is a hotline you can contact via text that can help you determine if a snake is dangerous or not.

All you have to do is text a picture of the snake in question to 804-617-7086.

Someone from Virginia Wildlife Management and Control, who runs the hotline will help you out.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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