By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 at 10:30 am in Rattlesnake.
Thought I’d pass along this enlightening little tidbit from the Weekly E-Newsletter from the Center for Biological Diversity:
According to a sobering recent study, rattlesnake-killing contests have dangerously reduced populations of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes in the Southeast.
“Rattlesnake roundups” are contests in which hunters bring in as many snakes as they can catch in a year to be milked for venom, butchered, and sold for meat and skin. The study, by Dr. Bruce Means, analyzed the number and size of snakes turned in at the roundups and found that both the total number of snakes and the size of each snake turned in have declined in the past 50 years.
Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, once a common species, are now being pushed toward extinction by hunting, habitat loss, and road mortality.
Here’s the Center’s press release for the whole story:
You can also learn more about the center’s campaigns to save endangered reptiles: