Rattlesnake Festival

By: Keith Moon Email
By: Keith Moon Email

WAURIKA, OK - People tried not to get rattled amongst hundreds of snakes who seemed to know they were on the menu.

Professional snake hunters and wranglers were on hand to teach folks what to do if they find themselves face-to-face with an angry rattlesnake.

Dustin Eason has been working with snakes for a couple of years. He says their goal is to educate people about the reptiles. "First of the show we start off with a safety lecture teaching what to do if you do get bit then we go in to doing some stunts on how to get out of sticky situations," Eason said.

Some kids we talked to say they wouldn't mind having a rattlesnake for a pet, but they say it might cause problems, because their parents would probably be mad.

Organizers of the event say the festival is put on as a fundraiser for the Local Volunteer Fire Department and is meant to control the snake population.

" If we didn't do this it would be over populated we still have times where the fire department gets called because snakes are in peoples homes and their back yards here in town," said event worker Jessica Coody.

We also tried to help with rattlesnake population by eating one, but I quess it's an aquired taste.


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  • by SNAKES are NOT that BAD Location: Durant, OK on Apr 11, 2011 at 08:40 PM
    I agree with anonymous Apr 11, 2011. The odds that rattlesnakes are going to overpopulate are virtually nil. People are cowards when it comes to all snakes..not just rattlesnakes and if it slithers they will kill it..no matter what. Since people want to get rid of all the snakes...maybe then we can have a big fat rat and mice festival to help control that population!! I'll probably be sitting that one out too.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Apr 11, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    I know one thing we have these hang around our area and if I see one its dead! That guy is not too smart hang that rattle snake around his neck!
  • by Southern Ok. on Apr 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM
    Anonymous......Shut up!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2011 at 07:42 AM in reply to Southern Ok.
      Agree!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    Ms.Coody is a fool-repeating an outlandish arrogant statement that,im sure,due to a cavity instead of a brain,she was unable to invent herself OR think about critically before rambling mindlessly away,convincing herself she is someone special and has insightful scientific data about snakes.seriously lady?you really think snakes are at some risk of "overpopulating" any given area left around North America??????(that means the u.s.a.-dont want you getting mixed up now)wake up and pull the balloon your face is printed on out into reality.YOUR species is the only one doing any "overpopulating" around here.Boy,with a million and one Jessica's running rampant and,GASP,spreading DNA and ignorance,i'm wondering why theres not a festival of destruction and lies for the more destructive dangerous and useless species.what a shame,denial and one sided morals really ruin some good opportunities to actually improve this planet.what a shame.
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      by Bill@ Sthmyd on Apr 10, 2011 at 05:41 PM in reply to
      Wow anonymous,put that joint down and relax,your rant is 10 times longer than Mrs. Coody's,she sounds like an event organizer,you, on the other hand, sound like a back porch "professor".........Good Day!
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      by J on Apr 10, 2011 at 05:55 PM in reply to
      Wow, She is just a worker there, lighten up. I bet you think as highly of yourself as you do your snakes. I wouldn't mind if they killed everyone of them....They do taste good though!
  • by Bob Location: Sherman on Apr 9, 2011 at 09:30 PM
    How come you have nothing on the American Heros in Gainsville?? They are Medal Of Honor Winners!! SAD!! Shame On you!!!
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