I've seen a diamondback that was ran over on a road in Shelby. About 6-8 inches of the head and tail hung over the tail gate of a mid 90s F-150. Head was as big as a softball, and body was bigger than my forearm(I'm a big man 6'4" 350lbs)I was at Camp Shelby back in the late 80s when a work crew killed one of those giant snakes. They had a picture of it on the PX door. The snake was draped around the guy's neck. Both ends of the snake touched the ground. I do not know how long it was, but they said the guy with the snake was over 6 feet tall. It was also rumored that it had 4 inch fangs. Cannot confirm any of that except that I did see the photo at the PX. Every year while training, we would kill at least a half dozen.
Steele isn't too far from where I live. Never seen one around here (or heard of anyone seeing one). I will likely be surprised one day.Few miles south of forest, hwy 501 area. Yea, very uncommon around here. The only other one I've seen was last year in the steele community area.