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.

1-25 of 67731 signatures
Number Date Name Location
67731 3 hours ago Sarah Payette Macomb, MI , US
67730 5 hours ago Yael Shimshon Jerusalem, ot , IL
67729 2 days ago kendra cope PA, PA , US
67728 3 days ago Marcia Leone Concord, CA , US
67727 4 days ago Rose An California, CA , US
67726 4 days ago Lisa Klein Acworth, GA , US
67725 5 days ago Amanda Cruise France, MT , FR
67724 5 days ago Dominique Nemo Paris, ot , FR
67723 5 days ago Antonio Delgado Fenoy Torre del Mar (Malaga). SPAIN, ot , ES
67722 5 days ago Joan Hobbs Mountain Home, ID , US
67721 5 days ago Christopher Dunham Feasterville, PA , US
67720 6 days ago Carol Garde Sunrise, FL , US
67719 6 days ago Diane Schwarz Cheverly, MD , US
67718 6 days ago Sonia Romero Villanueva Sant Adrian del Besos, ot , ES
67717 6 days ago Lesley Stansfield S.F., CA , US
67716 6 days ago GABRIELA VARGAS None, ot , MX
67715 6 days ago Anonymous Wilkes Barre, PA , US
67714 6 days ago Kim Sellon New Providence, NJ , US
67713 6 days ago Nicole Loh Singapore, ot , SG
67712 6 days ago Patricia Valadez New York, NY , US
67711 6 days ago Sylwia Zielinska Zambrow, ot , PL
67710 6 days ago Christina Raptis Commack, NY , US
67709 6 days ago Christina Raptis Commack, NY , US
67708 7 days ago Geisha Garcia Mugardos La Coruña , ot , ES
67707 7 days ago Brigitta MacMillan Deal, ot , GB
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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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