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
67827 33 minutes ago Anonymous Walnut Creek, CA , US
67826 6 hours ago sara sexton TX, TX , US
67825 1 day ago Lilly Kohler Reichenhall, ot , DE
67824 2 days ago Jacqueline O'Connor Sierra Vista, CA , US
67823 2 days ago David Ramirez Sugar Land , TX , US
67822 2 days ago Karin Vargad Maywood , NJ , US
67821 3 days ago Leslie Dee Savage, MN , US
67820 3 days ago Andy Dee Savage, MN , US
67819 4 days ago Jerri Jarvis PA, PA , US
67818 4 days ago Gene and Dori Peters Sun City, AZ , US
67817 5 days ago Audrey Farrelly London , ot , GB
67816 5 days ago carrie thompson tres piedras, NM , US
67815 5 days ago Andrew Sulay Dnipropetrovsk, ot , UA
67814 5 days ago Kelly Lund Malmö, ot , SE
67813 5 days ago Michelle Dufficy Ghent, NY , US
67812 6 days ago Toni Solano Fort Worth, TX , US
67811 6 days ago Toni Solano Fort Worth, TX , US
67810 7 days ago Eileen Wunderlich Houston, TX , US
67809 7 days ago Lorien Dancer Lakewood, CO , US
67808 1 week ago Dennis Kaplan Ohio, OH , US
67807 1 week ago Bonnie Zotos Huntley, IL , US
67806 1 week ago Debbie Neimark Chicago, IL , US
67805 1 week ago Fernando Pueblo San Diego, CA , US
67804 1 week ago Alisa Adobajor Moscow, ot , RU
67803 1 week ago Barbara Greenwood Walnut Creek, CA , US
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Photo of eastern diamondback rattlesnake by D. Bruce Means.

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