Less Rattlers Caught at Roundup This Year

Cold weather is blamed for fewer snakes 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.

Hunters caught about 1,700 pounds worth of rattlesnakes compared to the usual 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.


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