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2,160 pounds of rattlesnakes captured
upi ^ | March. 11, 2013

Posted on 03/11/2013 4:23:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Participants in the annual, three-day Sweetwater Rattlesnake RoundUp in Texas caught more than a ton of snakes, organizers said.

More than 30,000 people attended the event, they said, with visitors including people from as far away as China, Israel, Germany, England and Australia..

The roundup paid $13-per-pound for captured rattlers, featured about 2,160 pounds of rattlesnakes being weighed, the most since the 2,168-pound total in 2010, the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News reported Monday.

"The importance of this is to control the snake population and to inform the public," Texas Game Warden George Pasley said. "You see all these snakes here and you think there can't be many left in the wild, but there's plenty. We see rattlesnakes all the time. I have seen no shortage of rattlesnakes."

Kathleen and Darrell McIntyre of Childress won a $400 prize for capturing the longest snake. It measured 78 inches.


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KEYWORDS: rattlesnake

1 posted on 03/11/2013 4:23:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I hate snakes!


2 posted on 03/11/2013 4:24:07 PM PDT by BOOHA
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To: JoeProBono
It measured 78 inches.

Wow, the biggest I've encountered was only about 5 feet..... And yes, they sound just like in the movies.

3 posted on 03/11/2013 4:25:40 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BOOHA

4 posted on 03/11/2013 4:27:05 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Paging the Taurus Judge with .410 birdshot.


5 posted on 03/11/2013 4:31:15 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: WXRGina

TX ping


6 posted on 03/11/2013 4:32:10 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: JoeProBono

I’d hate to find out where that guy’s tongue has been...


7 posted on 03/11/2013 4:33:59 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: BOOHA

Me too! yuck!


8 posted on 03/11/2013 4:38:59 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: JoeProBono

I have actually killed one longer than that.

Sorry Texans but we grow them bigger in Florida. I do think they must grow more of them tho.


9 posted on 03/11/2013 4:39:49 PM PDT by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: JoeProBono; logitech

I’ve been to the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-up, many years ago. It happens each year about 40 miles from my hometown.

I ate some while I was there, the only rattlesnake I’ve ever eaten. Tastes like chicken (no kidding).


10 posted on 03/11/2013 4:40:04 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: MachIV
Grandpa's snub .38 with shot loads is what I carried in NM when I was checking fence lines etc... After the first one, I learned to wear steel toe boots. They are tricky little critters, and always seem to wind up underfoot when you first see 'em.

/johnny

11 posted on 03/11/2013 4:41:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: yarddog
I do think they must grow more of them tho.

Yes. You know that when you have to have a yearly "round-up," there are plenty of them. :-)

They're all over the place out in West Texas.

12 posted on 03/11/2013 4:42:34 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: WXRGina

Here’s a better link with video

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2013/mar/10/rattlesnake-round-up-corrals-record-breaking/


13 posted on 03/11/2013 4:43:41 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: WXRGina

They used to have a rattlesnake roundup in Freeport, FL.

Back in the 60s I would go to it and they put on a real show. Also Army Rangers from Eglin AFB would come over and kill, skin, clean, and batter fry them. Everyone said they were delicious.

I just couldn’t get up the courage to try it. The meat was very clean looking white colored.


14 posted on 03/11/2013 4:44:40 PM PDT by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: yarddog
The meat was very clean looking white colored.

Exactly! It's mild-tasting, benign, but we all have that innate aversion to snakes. It's hard to put it out of your mind and take a bite.

15 posted on 03/11/2013 4:46:28 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

CCI makes shells like this for all kinds of pistol chamberings; 22, 9mm, 38spl, and 45acp. Probably others too.


16 posted on 03/11/2013 4:48:02 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: BOOHA
I hate snakes, too. Especially the two headed variety.


17 posted on 03/11/2013 4:56:27 PM PDT by Slyfox (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -G Wash.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“Wow, the biggest I’ve encountered was only about 5 feet.”

5 feet is big for a western diamondback. 78 inches is huge


18 posted on 03/11/2013 5:11:13 PM PDT by Figment
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To: yarddog

“Sorry Texans but we grow them bigger in Florida.”

Those are eastern diamondbacks, a different, larger snake than its’ western relative


19 posted on 03/11/2013 5:14:08 PM PDT by Figment
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To: JoeProBono

Some of the rest areas in Texas have “Watch for Snakes” signs. I stopped at a rest area on the way back from Eagle Pass that had a big sign over the bathroom door.


20 posted on 03/11/2013 5:28:48 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: JoeProBono

I killed one once that was over 6 feet. I forget the exact length but it was between 6’-0” and 6”-6”. Must have been good habitat because it had surprisingly few rattles.


21 posted on 03/11/2013 5:44:22 PM PDT by fso301
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To: JoeProBono
I have heard that anti venom (for dogs) is extremely expensive, about $2000 per treatment. Do they use the venom from these snakes to manufacture anti venom, or how is it made?
22 posted on 03/11/2013 5:45:07 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: fso301

A bazillion years ago at boy scout camp I saw a frozen eastern diamondback that measured 6’5”. It’s head was as big as my teenage fist.

The camp ranger kept it in the freezer to pull out on skinning night each week to show off.


23 posted on 03/11/2013 5:52:55 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: SeeSharp
I shot this one at the La Paloma Ranch just outside Eagle Pass in the late eighties. It measured sixty nine inches with a girth as big as my fore arm. Its skin still adorns the wall in my computer room.


24 posted on 03/11/2013 5:58:20 PM PDT by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I make my own snake loads for .38, .357mag, 44spl, 44mag, and .45Colt.

I mostly use air rifle pellets. Goes through the brush better in this area of SE Texas than the round shot.

Pellets will go through 1/2” plywood at 7’ like it’s not even there.


25 posted on 03/11/2013 6:06:19 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: JoeProBono

Rattlers are fairly passive ... don’t mess with them and they don’t mess with you (it’s when you don’t see them that things get dicey)

Now Water Moccasins and Copperheads ... them things are vicious evil chase your ass MEAN and then their is the little Coral Snake that is soooo pretty and it has about the nastiest Venom ever.

I try my best to leave them all alone but Rattlers are not the worst.

TT


26 posted on 03/11/2013 6:23:04 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: Slyfox

So that’s why White House tours were shut down.


27 posted on 03/11/2013 6:25:28 PM PDT by twister881
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To: BOOHA

I shot this one right through the head with a Tokarev .30 caliber bullet.

The picture is misleading in a couple of ways. I stuck the tyne of the rake through the hole in it’s head and when I held it up the first 3 feet or so stretched out making it appear longer and thinner. The part which didn’t have to support so much weight stayed about the same size it originally was.

The snake was actually around 6’10” but would have appeared well over 7 feet with it stretched out like that. The angle by which the head is seen and the fact that it is stretchd makes the head look smaller than it is.

I am only holding him slightly in front but mostly to the side so the picture does not give him an artificiality large look. Much of him is still on the ground.


28 posted on 03/11/2013 6:34:32 PM PDT by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: yarddog
 photo ratlercopy.jpg I forgot to paste the picture. Here it and me is.
29 posted on 03/11/2013 6:35:58 PM PDT by yarddog (Per Ardua Ad Alta.)
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To: TexasTransplant

Several years back, some idiot thought it was a good idea to reintroduce some kind of timber rattler in the Big Thicket. Endangered species. Fed felony to kill one. Big whoop.

Somehow they missed the memo of “you leave them alone and they will leave you alone”.

Damn things are born with an attitude.

You get within 6’ and they will find you.

They are right up there with a sow moccasin.

I had an oil lease in Batson. I’d go out in the morning and the road would be full of snakes soaking up the heat from the road.

Running over them with my truck sounded like a kid with bubble wrap on Christmas morning.


30 posted on 03/11/2013 6:41:27 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: JoeProBono

31 posted on 03/11/2013 6:59:08 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: fidelis
Playground FAIL>
32 posted on 03/11/2013 7:04:51 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: JoeProBono

Only good snake is a dead snake (Not PETA friendly) Speaking of PETA, don’t you think a Hollywood supporter of PETA should pose with a rattlesnake???


33 posted on 03/11/2013 7:48:38 PM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Ditter

The snakes are milked for their venom. How the stuff is made, I haven’t a clue. From time to time, I entertain the notion to go to the event. Then I regain my senses and decide to do something safer, like fly a kite in a thunderstorm.


34 posted on 03/11/2013 7:54:19 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: yarddog

If a firearm not handy, bolt cutters are adequate snake killers, too (experience).


35 posted on 03/11/2013 8:03:39 PM PDT by twister881
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To: MachIV

36 posted on 03/11/2013 8:52:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: IMR 4350

37 posted on 03/11/2013 8:54:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: bigredkitty1

I thought I remembered “milking rattlesnakes for venom” and now I even remember seeing pictures of it being done. I would take up skydiving before I would go to this event. I have seen rattlesnakes in south Texas and even killed one of them but to actually go someplace and hunt for them......... no thanks.


38 posted on 03/11/2013 9:02:16 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: IMR 4350
How/what do you keep the pellets in with? Plastic frangible cups? Or just a star crimp? What do you use for wadding?

/johnny

39 posted on 03/11/2013 10:18:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid
This story remiinds me of the Simpsons episode where they had snake whacking day. Mayor Quimby shows up with a briefcase full of pre-whacked snakes.

And Cool Hand Luke where the Man With No Eyes shoots the head off a snake.

40 posted on 03/11/2013 11:20:42 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: Rebelbase
A bazillion years ago at boy scout camp I saw a frozen eastern diamondback that measured 6’5”. It’s head was as big as my teenage fist.

I don't have a specific recollection about the head of mine. I was curious as to what was causing that lump in his body. When I skinned it, I discovered the snake last fed on an opossum. A few years later, I told the story to someone who asked if I ate the snake. Heck no. I've never been hungry enough to consider eating a snake.

The camp ranger kept it in the freezer to pull out on skinning night each week to show off.

I skinned mine and kept it on a board hanging on my bedroom wall. When I went off to college, the skin disappeared from my bedroom. In retrospect, I wish I had the snake mounted but as a teenager, the $300 or so it would have cost to mount the snake would buy a lot of burgers and shakes.

41 posted on 03/12/2013 5:45:45 AM PDT by fso301
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To: JRandomFreeper

I use the plastic shot caps.

Also works with three lead balls in .44 and .45.

Not too much different than a .410.

Good short distance defense load or even a good small game/pest/attacking dog load.

15’, right through 3/4” plywood, about a 6”-8” group depending on barrel length.

I wouldn’t want to be in front of it.

String lead fishing weights together on some steel leader, and it get’s gown right nasty.


42 posted on 03/12/2013 6:48:55 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: JoeProBono

That will work just fine, just don’t walk up on a bunch of sow water moccasins laying eggs or you will learn to do the “air walk”.


43 posted on 03/12/2013 6:55:39 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: yarddog

I’m blind in one eye. Always imagined that sucker on the same side just looking at me.
I hate snakes!


44 posted on 03/12/2013 12:23:09 PM PDT by BOOHA
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