These Photos From A Rattlesnake Roundup Will Make Your Skin Itch

All across America, different states have unique, and some might say wacky, traditions. In many southern states, there is a particular tradition that will probably give you the creeps, though.

We bring you the rattlesnake roundup. If you’re not familiar with these reptilian spectacles, let’s go on a tour of one together…

Rattlesnake roundups (also known as rattlesnake rodeos) are events where several thousand wild rattlesnakes are captured and brought in to be displayed.

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The atmosphere is very much like that of a carnival, except there are venomous snakes instead of clowns.

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Some of the captured reptiles are sold to the crowd, while others are killed for food or animal products. Most, though, are released back into the wild at the end.

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The largest rattlesnake roundups happen in Texas and Oklahoma. The Lone Star State is home to the country’s biggest roundup in Sweetwater.

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It’s estimated that every year the Sweetwater roundup captures and releases about one percent of the native snake population of Texas. That’s a ton of snakes.

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While you might think that these roundups have profound environmental impacts, studies in many areas are inconclusive.

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Reports of people being killed or injured at rattlesnake roundups are also surprisingly rare.

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Nothing like a bucket of deadly snakes, right?

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(via Times Record News)

Well, that is a deeply disturbing tradition. I’m sure I would enjoy the atmosphere of a rattlesnake roundup, I’m just not sold on the actual presence of snakes.

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