Rattlesnake Roundups bad for ecosystem.

Discussion in 'The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr' started by whymememe, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. whymememe

    whymememe Former Guest

    Oct 29, 2011
    FEMA Region IV
  2. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    I also think these rattlesnake roundups are disgusting.

  3. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    Everywhere I ever lived down South, there wasn't ever any shortage of snakes. Are these guys hunting snakes really having an impact on their numbers that they might go extinct or something?

    In Alaska, no snakes; but we sure do got an over abundance of wolves. I mean in many areas, the moose are about extinct, yet there are people that wanna kiss the wolves and stop any attempts to reduce their numbers.

    I never killed snakes when I lived back east, use to catch as many big black snakes as I could so people didn't run them over; but killed as many cottonmouths as I could and they seemed to be everywhere there was water.
  4. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Near Fairbanks
    Well there are snowsnakes, which we can't say too much about in public.
  5. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    Oh ya. I forgot about those buggers.
  6. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    Saw a couple of those growing up in North Dakota.
  7. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    IMO rattlesnakes extinction is an impossability. I have no problem with the rattlesnake roundups. In my area, they are thick. There are millions upon millions. Good luck thinning those out. Also, I would like to see the proof that rodent disease increases due to the decline in rattle snakes. I just don't buy it. As for feeling sorry for them, never in a million years. I kill every rattler I see.
  8. terryu1

    terryu1 Armed Infidel

    Oct 16, 2009
    NE Pennsylvania
    We have one of the oldest "roundups" in the country here in NE PA. Many years ago they, and most other roundups I have seen around the country) require the hunters to return the snakes to the same area they were captured at the end of the weekend.
  9. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    If I remember right(I know probably not right) But after they are caught they are milked for there venom to make a anti-venom shot?
  10. flintlock

    flintlock Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Upstate NY
    I don't remember rattlesnake tasting good enough to make me want to round them up. Maybe Northeast rattlers taste better then New Mexico rattlers. I think you're right about milking them for their venom and returning them to their aras again.
  11. whymememe

    whymememe Former Guest

    Oct 29, 2011
    FEMA Region IV
  12. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Used to "roundup" rattlers and copperheads from summer camps/resorts in NJ and eastern PA "back when". Wasn't all "one sided" as these snakes were often torpid and not apt to rattle or alarm/move at the first one along, but would sometimes strike at someone following. But IMO copperheads were worse than rattlers; being easily missed in the leaf litter while torpid.

    Don't know about "milking" these captures as I was always told for the process to be viable an experienced herpetologist is needed to identify the species/subspecies and clinical conditions of milking and venom storage must be observed. OTOH, I'm all for roundups where the venom is harvested for use and the snakes are released, or treated with the respect and total use of any of God's creatures most sportspersons employ ! >MW
  13. Little Rooster

    Little Rooster New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Old Dominion
  14. raven818

    raven818 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Jax, Fl.
    The roundups I've watched on the tube always wound up with the snakes being eaten.
  15. Skipper

    Skipper Well-Known Member

    As a retired Wildland Firefighter (33 years) my opinion:

    If it doesn't have rattles........it's a cobra. They make great hatbands.