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Rattlesnake Roundup Sweetwater Texas 2009

I went back to the Rattlesnake Roundup this year and not much has changed over the past two years but some of the people doing the snake prep were women/girls this time and there were a few other differences. The weather was cool, mid 30's, and wet so the snakes were a bit more sluggish and the outside vendors had few visitors the day that I was there (It did finally warm up to the 50's on the last day of the event). More snakes are killed by cars and trucks on roadways in the area than are collected by the Rattlesnake Hunt each spring. They have been doing this for 50+ years and the population is still quite large in the area.
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In the Pitt, there are several hundred active Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes here
In the Pitt, there are several hundred active Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes here
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The Man in the Pit always has a watcher ready to go in
The Man in the Pit always has a watcher ready to go in
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Snake Tote Board Talley
Snake Tote Board Talley
Milking the Venom from the snake, they do that to each snake before it is butchered
Milking the Venom from the snake, they do that to each snake before it is butchered
Several Men help Milk the Snakes for their Venom, the venom is used in medical research and other areas
Several Men help Milk the Snakes for their Venom, the venom is used in medical research and other areas
The Business End of a Rattlesnake
The Business End of a Rattlesnake
Snake Venom is used to make Anti-Venom and for other research purposes
Snake Venom is used to make Anti-Venom and for other research purposes
Snakes Waiting to be Milked
Snakes Waiting to be Milked
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This is the Mesuring, Weighing, Ring Count and Sexing area-the stats are kept for research and other purposes
This is the Mesuring, Weighing, Ring Count and Sexing area-the stats are kept for research and other purposes
You are always careful when handling Rattlesnakes
You are always careful when handling Rattlesnakes
Measuring the Snakes, the hunters tend to bring in the larger snakes since the smaller ones don't weight much
Measuring the Snakes, the hunters tend to bring in the larger snakes since the smaller ones don't weight much
Weighing the snake
Weighing the snake
Kids have a plexiglas window so they can watch
Kids have a plexiglas window so they can watch
Getting the snake pinned down so you can grasp them behind the head
Getting the snake pinned down so you can grasp them behind the head
Counting the colored rings, not the number of rattles to try to age the snake
Counting the colored rings, not the number of rattles to try to age the snake
Whataburger, a Texas Hamburger Chain, giving out gifts after spinning the wheel
Whataburger, a Texas Hamburger Chain, giving out gifts after spinning the wheel
This Snakes Head is still Venomous-in fact some venom is visible on that pen and if that gets into a cut the person would be bit
This Snakes Head is still Venomous-in fact some venom is visible on that pen and if that gets into a cut the person would be bit
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Cecil Villa has been whacking snakes for over 40 years at the roundup
Cecil Villa has been whacking snakes for over 40 years at the roundup
Cecil and his Machette, he figures over 200,000 chops
Cecil and his Machette, he figures over 200,000 chops
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