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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.
Looks like you got it, Brenda. Congratulations! This was the quickest game ever!! Now we have to wait to get all the info from Nyack.
Thank you Lynn and Betty!
Stop Rattlesnaske Roundups
- Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry, Sweetwater Texas Mayor Gregory L. Wortham and Commission, Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce
- Sponsored by: Animal Advocates
The annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas is the largest of its kind in the world. First started in 1958 to protect livestock from the snakes, rattlesnakes actually present relatively little danger to livestock.The average annual catch is 12,000 pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.
Every second weekend in March, hordes of hunters comb the countryside to capture masses of reptiles. Those who collect rattlesnakes for the roundup commonly use gasoline and other toxins to drive snakes out of their dens or burrow, polluting the soil rendering the dens unuseful for as many as 25 other species. After capture, collectors bring them to the Nolan County Coliseum, where they are skinned and decapitated. Some are kept for months in containers with no food or water, an extremely cruel act toward these snakes.
Before the snakes are actually killed, some things they endure at roundups are; freezing snakes for up to 2 hours render them immobile, sewing their mouth shut so they can't bite, pulling fangs out of live snakes, severing rattles from live snakes, Filling snakes full of liquor to sedate them, tormenting snakes with sticks and objects to induce them to strike, performing stunts such as biting snakes and "pancaking, snakes- where a handler presses a coiled snake between his palms, leaving snakes crowded for days in hot dry snake pits or cages, packing snake cages so full that the bottom snakes get crushed, holding or dangling snakes in such a way that it injures their spine, treating snakes roughly – kicking them, tossing them into piles, using live snakes as accessories in contests and games and burning snakes with cigarettes.
The weekend event, which includes a rattlesnake eating contest, is not inspected by any health agency, and is offered to the public with great risk. People who consume this meat are at risk for contracting salmonella and other diseases.
In addition to polluting the soil to capture the snakes, and putting public safty at risk by eating them, rattlesnake roundups flagrantly display public cruelty to rattlesnakes, including torture, dismemberment and death.
We ask Sweetwater to teach children the importance of rattlesnakes in the environment. Irresponsible actions rattlesnake roundups promote are detrimental to the residents, especially children. Stop the cruelty of rattlesnake roundups, and preserve our wildlife, our natural heritage, and our wildlife diversity.
Texas Governor Rick Perry
PO Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2428
Phone: (512) 463-2000
Fax: (512) 463-1849
122 C St., NW, Ste. 200
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 638-3927
Fax: (202) 628-1943
Gregory L. Wortham
Mayor and Commission
200 East 4th Street
PO Box 450
Sweetwater, TX 79556
Phone: (325) 236-6313
Fax: (325) 235-1850
Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce
810 E. Broadway
Sweetwater, TX 79556
800-658-6757 or 325-235-5488
This post was modified from its original form on 22 Aug, 20:24
Actually, the congratulations go to Brenda!
Western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
The Western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) is a heavy bodied snake with a triangular shaped head. There are two dark diagonal lines on each side of its face running from the eyes to its jaws. It has dark diamond-shaped patterns along is back. The tail has black and white bands just above the rattles.
Western diamondbacks are pit vipers. This means that they have a heat sensing pit (loreal pit) located behind each nostril that can detect differences in temperature, sometimes differences that are only a fraction of a degree apart. The heat given off by an animal is detected by the snake helping it to determine predator from prey.
This snake is considered a generalist, which means that it isn't too picky about its habitat. It can be found living in deserts, grassy plains, forests, rocky hillsides and areas along the coast. It lives in elevations from below sea level up to 6500 feet (2000m).
This species ranges throughout the southwestern United States (Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas)and northern half of Mexico.
Currently, western diamondback rattlesnakes are not threatened or endangered.
Mice, rats, rabbits, gophers, ground dwelling birds, lizards and other small animals make up the diet of this snake.
Diamondbacks have many predators and not always because the predator wants to eat them. Animals such as deer, antelope, cows and horses regard the diamondback as a threat and they may try to trample or stomp the snake. Eagles, hawks, roadrunners, kingsnakes, coyote, bobcats or fox are predators who look at these snakes as a source of food.
Diamondbacks will often spend the hot daytime hours coiled in the shade of low-growing shrubs, piles of natural or artificial debris, or rocks. They will also utilize underground burrows of other animals. In the winter, they retreat into caves or similar places to hibernate.
These snakes can live approximately 15-20 years in captivity.
This snake ranges in size from 3 to 5 feet long with a few reaching 7 feet long.
EXTRA FUN FACTS
- The rattle of the rattlesnake is made up of a protein called keratin (the same protein that your hair and fingernails are made of). A new segment is added each time a rattlesnake sheds, but they can shed at different rates. Because of this, and the fact that segments can break off, you really can't tell a snakes age by counting the segments.
- A rattlesnake can move its rattle back and forth 60 or more times per second.
News noted and petition signed!
Cher - 19 minutes ago - thepetitionsite.com
Thanks Nyack, good info and pictures.
Congratulations Brenda Good Job! Signed petition and noted the information Nyack
Just came to take a peek to see what was going on and that was another quick one. You guys all get A+ in all of your knowledge of Animals...Thank you Nyack for getting this out, already signed hun, I felt sick when I saw this even though I am not crazy about those rattlesnakes, have come close to a few while riding horses.
Again sweet Brenda You Win and Congrats! Tons of Hugs & Stars though I can't sent you one...gotta wait!So sending a few of these stars off to you xo, Mm
Thanks Marilyn, hugs and stars for you. When are you going to play? xx
Thank you Barbara.
Thank you Marilyn. hugs and stars for you. When are you going to play? x
Another quick game. Between the two B.'s (Brenda and Betty), we gals and George don't stand a chance. lol
Nyack, signed the petition and noted the sordid information. It's amazing that people do horrible things to animals (and serpents) in the name of "helping other animals" while, in fact, they're doing more damage to the earth and to the very animals they think they're protecting.
Don't know sweetie...Message issues and other things going on. Hugs. xoxo