Worlds Largest Rattlesnake Roundup In Sweetwater Texas

I gotta be honest, I'm not a huge snake person.

But in Sweetwater, Texas they've been rounding up rattlesnakes since 1958.

Originally the purpose of the event was to reduce the rattlesnake population and lessen its threat to the town and surrounding communities.

These days it's more of a snake-killing fiesta that generates an estimated $8.4 million into the local economy and includes a pageant, cook-off and more.

Basically, folks round em up, weigh em, measure em and record the sex of each snake. The data is then given to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Then, the snakes are skinned, beheaded and milked of their venom. The skin, heads, tails and rattles are preserved, while the venom is made into anti-venom and sold to pharmaceutical companies.

The meat is deep-fried and served at the festival.


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