Date of this Version
Published in Great Plains Research 19.2 (Fall 2009): 259
I am a bred and born Texan and can personally attest that rattlesnake roundups have been an iconic event for the Lone Star state and will likely continue to be for years to come. So ingrained have these events become that I remember having roundup representatives visit my high school and teach us how to locate and gas dens, collect rattlesnakes, and possibly profit from their harvesting.
As a herpetologist I can also add that these events have been the source of controversy for many people in and out of the state of Texas with concerns regarding the sustainability of rattlesnakes and the environmental impacts resulting from the harvests and the use of gasoline. Those whose concerns are less directed towards environmental impacts often consider the events as helpful towards generating large amounts of money and getting rid of rattlesnakes.