Showing posts with label rattlesnake round-ups. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rattlesnake round-ups. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A West Texas Perspective on Rattlesnake RoundUps

Here is a West Texas writer's retrospective on the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-up,the  largest rattlesnake slaughter. Who would like to do the math on how many rodents 300,000 pounds of rattlesnakes could consume, and how many predators and scavengers could have been fed on that amount of biomass? Rattlesnakes may taste more like catfish - but they certainly don't convert food into body mass like catfish. The following story by Brittany Molinar is from

SWEETWATER, Texas -- Thousands of people were in Sweetwater over the weekend enjoying the 54th Annual World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup.

The Rattlesnake Roundup originally started back in 1959 by the Sweetwater Jaycees.

"Everything we do is for this community and we put it back into the community youth to buy scholarships for college and that's what it's all about taking care of our community and making it a better place," said Jaycee Chairman Chris Soles.

Since the beginning the Jaycees have collected more than 300,000 pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes.

This year, you might have noticed fewer snakes. The club said it's because of the chilly, rainy temperatures along with wildfires.

With the ones they were able to catch the Jaycees made sure to milk every snake for their venom used for anti venom and sold to pharmaceutical companies.

On average the roundup retrieves about 1,500ml of venom.

For all those snake enthusiasts who like to take it a step further and eat the venomous reptiles that many people fear, fried rattlesnake was on the menu.

First time rattlesnake eater Mario Alvarez said rattlesnake is something he would definitely eat again.

"It's good, it does taste a little bit like chicken, but I think it taste more like catfish," said Alvarez.

The roundup wrapped up Sunday evening, buyers went out and bought up the remaining rattlesnakes.

The longest rattler caught this year was a whopping 73 and a half inches long.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sign the Petition to Stop Rattlesnake Round-Ups!

Here is an opportunity to help stop rattlesnake round-ups

Rattlesnake Roundups are festivals that are held annually across the United States. The snakes used in these roundups are captured from their natural habitat. In many cases gasoline is poured into dens to force out the snakes. During the roundups the snakes are subjected to brutal torture, including being kicked, stomped on, whipped, burned, and skinned alive. Snakes are then callously killed by decapitation. False information on snakebites are given out at roundups to inspire fear and the justification of the barbaric animal cruelty and disregard of life that is carried out. According to the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH), roundups account for the annual take of over 100,000 rattlesnakes.

This makes roundups a huge conservation concern, as well as an immense animal cruelty issue, and a concern of environmental degradation.

Roger comments: Howdy All,

My friend Peter Lawrence from the UK was kind enough to send me something which was under my very nose for quite a while. Well, it's better late than never.

I hope that you will take a moment to at least look at the link that Peter sent me. I have followed his advice, signed it myself, and now sending it along to you. It was painless to sign.
I was amazed and mostly ashamed that roughly 20 signatures to one were all from foreign countries. We have the power to turn that around.

I'm also ashamed that I misspelled "butchering" with my comments! I hope that they don't take points off for bad spelling........

If you haven't already done so, please consider signing and forwarding.
Thanks, roger

>very good, a moving letter and images. Thanks, I am shipping it
>around. Looking up Melissa I found this, can you ship it to your
>friends, or already maybe you have done so?