facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

2,160 pounds of rattlesnakes captured

March 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM   |   Comments

SWEETWATER, Texas, March 11 (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.

Topics: Snakes
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Piglet born with 'elephant trunk' in China Piglet born with 'elephant trunk' in China
2
Watch: TV weatherman struggles with playful dog Watch: TV weatherman struggles with playful dog
3
Ohio State's marching band performs classic rock halftime show Ohio State's marching band performs classic rock halftime show
4
'Flying man' reported by airplane crew 'Flying man' reported by airplane crew
5
Chili's worker fired over shirtless kitchen pics Chili's worker fired over shirtless kitchen pics
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback