|The world's largest diamondback rattlesnake. Look at the sheriff's leg for a size comparison .|
|The fangs of the largest rattlesnake. The blade on the knife is four inches long.|
|Another view of the largest rattlesnake showing a clear view of its head.|
Followup: Further research on this story reveals it isn't true. Although the rattlesnake was a large specimen of its species what gave it its apparent size was because the photographer taking the pictures was closer to the snake then the sheriff was. Even if it wasn't 15 feet long a diamondback rattlesnake is still the largest and most poisonous snake in North America and should be respected.
In a further followup with Molly Davis a spokesperson with the St. John's County, Florida Sheriffs Department although the snake wasn't 15 feet long is was however a giant specimen nonetheless of an Eastern Diamondback. The snake hunter who wasn't allowed to keep live specimens killed the rattlesnake because of its proximity to a housing development. It was in some shrubbery at the entrance to the development where the snake was found.
This was an extremely dangerous animal with any member of the rattlesnake demanding much respect. It should be remembered that the newly born members of the rattlesnake clan are the most poisonous.