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Camping across Texas
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You just missed the world's largest rattlesnake round up there at Sweetwater! I have a brother that used to go for that.
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(03-27-2017, 07:48 PM)Dennis Wrote: You just missed the world's largest rattlesnake round up there at Sweetwater!  I have a brother that used to go for that.

I watched a few videos on that.  I had the idea of stocking up on some skins for my leather work while I'm here but I'm kind of up in the air about the bloodthirsty nature of the event and do I want to support it?  There are other towns that do rattlesnake round-ups but they are catch and release after they've milked the venom - probably a better way to go.
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I think they have a big BBQ?
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(03-27-2017, 07:48 PM)Dennis Wrote: You just missed the world's largest rattlesnake round up there at Sweetwater!  I have a brother that used to go for that.


Ugh. I'm a longtime snake keeper who used to make a living doing live reptile shows for school classes--I've kept around 100 different species, including venomous.

These "rattlesnake roundups" are a travesty. Most of their idiot babbling is just sensational and inaccurate, and virtually none of the snakes are actually caught locally--they are all imported.

It may impress tourists who simply want to see the snakes and who don't know very much about them, but we snakers heartily give them a double thumbs-down.

Living in "Ziggy the Snail Shell" since May 2015
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(03-27-2017, 08:20 PM)IanC Wrote: I watched a few videos on that.  I had the idea of stocking up on some skins for my leather work while I'm here but I'm kind of up in the air about the bloodthirsty nature of the event and do I want to support it?  There are other towns that do rattlesnake round-ups but they are catch and release after they've milked the venom - probably a better way to go.

An aside--all the venom milking they do is just a stunt, and is useless from a practical point of view since it is not extracted under medical lab conditions.

There are only a few places that actually extract venom for medical purposes, and only one lab that actually makes anti-venom.

Living in "Ziggy the Snail Shell" since May 2015
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(03-28-2017, 12:34 PM)lenny flank Wrote: It may impress tourists who simply want to see the snakes and who don't know very much about them, but we snakers heartily give them a double thumbs-down.

It was the booth where kids put their hands under the freshly de-capitated snakes and make bloody hand prints on the wall that was way over the top and negated any supposed 'educational' aspect.

BTW, I ran over one of those guys this morning - didn't see it in time to swerve. I felt pretty bad about it.
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(03-28-2017, 01:40 PM)IanC Wrote: BTW, I ran over one of those guys this morning - didn't see it in time to swerve. I felt pretty bad about it.


We call those DORs--"Dead On Road". Alas, snakes like to be on the warm pavement, and have no idea what a "car" is.  Wink

Living in "Ziggy the Snail Shell" since May 2015
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#28
There is no more fascination to me in watching that than in a cattle or chicken slaughterhouse. I have had that opinion for many years. I also don't care to keep snakes...or tigers...or grizzly bears. Some people do.
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Here's a cool park with free camping in Granbury, Texas.  It's not a wilderness experience, but nice and quiet - good for a few days.  Granbury also has a nice looking little downtown area - like a formerly dead vintage small town downtown that has been rejuvenated.  I find that park camping is best, Monday through Friday when you usually have the place almost to yourself.  Suits me, because after 5-7 days I start getting bored and get itchy to see something new.  This is a nice stop over.  Now I need to decide - do I go up into Arkansas and Missouri, or head South again after this stop.

Looks like the severe weather is behind me, for this week anyway - going to be beautiful.


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Great thread
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