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Posted by Kenny Wray on January 24, 2003 at 13:36:04:
In Reply to: Anyone ever been to one in GA????? posted by Brendan on January 24, 2003 at 12:45:51:
GA has some individuals that go around and do nothing but collect adamanteus almost year round (a large portion of these snakes end up at a skin shop in Waldo, FL). Many of these roundups collect snakes year round, utilizing the fact that they can stay alive (although not in good health) until the roundup date. If you figure the number of "hicks" that participate in one form or fashion with these roundups and all of their friends and families that are willing to call them every time they see a "rattlesnake" on their drive home (=boondock country, dirt roads) everyday, then it is pretty easy to realize how they can come up with such numbers. As for the western roundups and atrox, if you haven't seen one yet then I can't tell you what you are doing wrong, as they are everywhere in Texas. I can show you some massive individuals that live in the center of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, surrounded by 5 million people! The most I have seen in one night was 27 in south Texas and there are people who could probably blow this number out of the water. Crotalus atrox does not seem to be facing the immediate crisis that C. adamanteus is. As for other species of snakes at roundups: In Texas, it is usually atrox with the occasional other rattlesnake in the mix (ex: viridis). But, I have seen lots of animals at the skin shop in Waldo, FL that had supposedly come from GA roundups and they were easily mixed with C. horridus and Sistrurus miliarius.
Hope that helps.