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2,160 Pounds Of Rattlesnakes Captured

SWEETWATER, Texas, (UPI) — Participants in the annual, three-day Sweetwater Rattlesnake RoundUp in Texas caught more than a ton of snakes, organizers said.

More than 30,000 people attended the event, they said, with visitors including people from as far away as China, Israel, Germany, England and Australia..

The roundup paid $13-per-pound for captured rattlers, featured about 2,160 pounds of rattlesnakes being weighed, the most since the 2,168-pound total in 2010, the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News reported Monday.

“The importance of this is to control the snake population and to inform the public,” Texas Game Warden George Pasley said. “You see all these snakes here and you think there can’t be many left in the wild, but there’s plenty. We see rattlesnakes all the time. I have seen no shortage of rattlesnakes.”

Kathleen and Darrell McIntyre of Childress won a $400 prize for capturing the longest snake. It measured 78 inches.

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  • Alvie T. Hester

    I have been Trying to sell some rattlesnakes that i have caught after the roundup. Can anyone help me. Was just to cold here during the roundup for them to come out. Now its starting to warm up there coming out of the woodwork. If anyone can help me with a number or a name of a buyer i would greatly love the help. will check this post to see if anyone posted.

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