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Posted by erinszoo on April 26, 2003 at 12:27:48:
In Reply to: Rattlesnake Roundup Information Needed posted by Crotalus75 on April 24, 2003 at 11:54:20:
Can only tell you that Oklahoma is one state that still advertises them widely. The state wildlife laws actually make it illegal to use gasoline or other poisons to collect the snakes and also have some laws about the length of time the snakes can be held captive before the roundup and the type of containment that is acceptable . . . however, there are people who still gas the snakes and hold them in mass groupings in large plastic drums,etc. Real effective laws :...( The state also requires that you have a general hunting liscense to collect any reptiles. Our game warden told us the normal limit is six individuals of any one species of reptile . . . but it sure seems like no one enforces it at the roundups. There are two well known locations in the state . . . I believe Watonga and Waurika are the towns but will check with my dad and get back to you. (He remembers seeing Western Diamondbacks that looped around three sides of the back of a pickup truck back in the early 50's.) - e
:I am writing a non-biased paper on Rattlesnake Roundup and I am looking for any and all information on the laws, states involved, practices, supporters (including organizations, individuals, advertisers, politicians), protesters (including organizations, individuals, advertisers, politicians), benefits of roundups, negative impact of roundups, methods used to hunt the animals, biological companies who buy the venom, companies who buy the snake skins and parts, and any other information that pertains to the roundups. Feel free to e-mail me directly at Crotalus75@yahoo.com