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.
The atmosphere is very much like that of a carnival, except there are venomous snakes instead of clowns.
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.
The largest rattlesnake roundups happen in Texas and Oklahoma. The Lone Star State is home to the country’s biggest roundup in Sweetwater.
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.
While you might think that these roundups have profound environmental impacts, studies in many areas are inconclusive.
Reports of people being killed or injured at rattlesnake roundups are also surprisingly rare.
Nothing like a bucket of deadly snakes, right?
(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.