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 67448 signatures
Number Date Name Location
67448 6 hours ago Mrs. Meaghan Black and Mr. Joseph Shavalier CA, CA , US
67447 8 hours ago Mary Davis Warner Robins, GA , US
67446 16 hours ago Alicia Hudson Marmet, WV , US
67445 16 hours ago Lisa Salazar Shasta Lake, CA , US
67444 17 hours ago Melissa McTague Loch Sheldrake, NY , US
67443 17 hours ago Bronwen evans VANCOUVER, BC , CA
67442 18 hours ago Will Golding Olympia, WA , US
67441 19 hours ago Susan McMurtrie Providence , RI , US
67440 19 hours ago Richard Cote Providence , RI , US
67439 20 hours ago J Blagen Minneapolis, MN , US
67438 20 hours ago Anonymous Olivehurst, CA , US
67437 20 hours ago I Alexakos Haines, AK , US
67436 20 hours ago Laura Nowack Earlville, NY , US
67435 21 hours ago Mark Molloy New York, NY , US
67434 21 hours ago Sheridan Ellis Stratham, NH , US
67433 23 hours ago Anonymous Kent, OH , US
67432 1 day ago Alison McCauley Gainesville, FL , US
67431 1 day ago Ulf Remahl Singapore, ot , SG
67430 1 day ago Michael Schultz Yucca Valley, CA , US
67429 1 day ago Thane Harpole Hayes, VA , US
67428 1 day ago Anonymous CARDINAL, ON , CA
67427 1 day ago Michael Rynes Lisle, IL , US
67426 1 day ago yvonne pratt patchogue, NY , US
67425 1 day ago Adam Hopkins Brownsdale, NL , CA
67424 1 day ago John Keiser New York, NY , 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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