Estimated 30,000 At Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup

SWEETWATER (AP) – Cold weather is blamed for fewer critters being caught during what’s billed as the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup in West Texas.

Organizers say the three-day event in Sweetwater, which wrapped up Sunday, drew an estimated crowd of 30,000.

Director Khris Torrez says hunters caught about 1,700 pounds worth of rattlesnakes. The usual take is closer to 4,000 pounds, but organizers say the long, cold winter affected the number of rattlers.

The original purpose of the roundup was to minimize the area’s rattlesnake population, but the event has become a tourist draw.

Deep-fried Western Diamondback Rattlesnake was on the roundup menu. Some of the reptile meat will be shipped to grocery stores.

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One Comment

  1. GJ says:

    Used to live there. Went to the Roundoup twice.

  2. curious says:

    Wonder why Rep Zedler Ruepublican and Rep Christian Republican arent introducing a bill like HB 1043 To protect these snakes from mother nature raising them to be pitted against man. These two are redicilous Representives because they are taking money from the HSUS and known criminals to do their bidding in Austin. Not only that they are preventing free enterprise and costing people their livelyhood with these measures. Call your REP and tell them not to support HB1043 because teachers are all ready being laid off

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