Center for Biological Diversity

Change Rattlesnake Roundups to Humane Festivals

Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

"Rattlesnake roundups" are cruel contests where hunters bring in as many wild snakes as they can catch in a year; afterwards the snakes are slaughtered and sold for their skin and meat.

They're a serious problem -- one that many people don't even know exist. Roundups in the Southeast, for example, are driving sharp declines of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, which is the target of contests in Whigham, Ga., and Opp, Ala. In response to a Center petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that eastern diamondbacks may now need Endangered Species Act protection.

Across the country rattlers play a key role in the food web, especially in terms of rodent control. And because hunters often use gasoline to drive snakes from their dens, roundups are also harmful to hundreds of other species that share their homes with the snakes. In Texas, 20 endangered species living underground can be harmed by suffocating gas fumes, which is why the Center recently petitioned to end "gassing" of Texas snake dens.

Please sign our petition asking communities to change their roundups to festivals where snakes are celebrated and admired -- not hunted and killed.

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Number Date Name Location
67879 1 day ago Dat Tran Upper Darby, PA , US
67878 3 days ago Jennifer Parramore San Diego, CA , US
67877 3 days ago Gila Alter NY, NY , US
67876 3 days ago MaryAnn Bomarito Marina , CA , US
67875 4 days ago Anonymous Sacramento, CA , US
67874 4 days ago Robert Burger Corvallis, OR , US
67873 4 days ago Mamie Selman Reno, NV , US
67872 4 days ago sara sexton TX, TX , US
67871 4 days ago vesna antonic Loznica, ot , SP
67870 4 days ago Sandra Geyer Fallbrook, CA , US
67869 4 days ago Annie Bruno Farmingville, NY , US
67868 4 days ago Anonymous Port Townsend, WA , US
67867 4 days ago Brenda Hatch Sunbury, NC , AR
67866 4 days ago margaret gilchrist nashville, TN , US
67865 4 days ago Diana Dee North Hollywood, CA , US
67864 4 days ago Prairie Moser Bandon, OR , US
67863 4 days ago Jennifer Faulkner Rocky point , NY , US
67862 4 days ago Joyce Doughty Greeneville, TN , US
67861 5 days ago Nicole Loh Mayville, WI , SG
67860 5 days ago Bellinda Rolf-jansen Other, NL+03 , NL
67859 5 days ago Dobi Dobroslawa estero, FL , US
67858 5 days ago maria monch miami, FL , US
67857 1 week ago Vasileios Grigoriou Liverpool, GB+28 , GB
67856 1 week ago Vicki Sann Oxford, PA , US
67855 1 week ago Vicki Sann Oxford, PA , US
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Learn more about the Center's work to outlaw rattlesnake roundups.

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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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